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Black Oil-beetle?

Observed: 29th April 2013 By: ar8922
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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From the shape, size and colour, I think this is probably the Black Oil-beetle and probably also female but I'd appreciate confirmation or correction from any experts.

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Meloe

Have you checked (and recorded it) here...?

http://www.buglife.org.uk/getinvolved/surveys/Oil+Beetle+Hunt/Oil+Beetle...

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Meloe

Hi Ian, yes I did check there but haven't recorded it yet. I'd like confirmation of the id first. That site suggests that both Black and Violet Oil-beetles are only up to 30mm long but this one was particularly big... easily nearer 2 inches, so about 50mm.