In grass at Yarner Wood National Nature Reserve, close to River Bovey, near Hisley Bridge.
No interactions present.
Gosh. The male looks a bit too small for the job, doesn't he?
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
Buglife are doing an oil beetle survey and would like people to submit all records.
Jonathan your comment has made me laugh!
I'm going for a Joker Badge. I think we ought to have one on iSpot, don't you?
Yes we should definitely should have a joker badge, and I think you would qualify!
wondering why they are called oil beetles? Is it because they are the colour of oil?
and is the bloody nosed beetle so called because you're most likely to see a squashed one on the tarmac? (I'm not laughing even though it's a bit funny)
these almost certainly violaceus but cannot be identified from this photo.
bonzerooble In answer to your question
British oil beetles; so called because of the oil they secrete from their joints to deter predators
Bloody-nosed beetle The beetle's common name comes from its unusual defence strategy of exuding bright red fluid from its mouth when threatened. As well as providing a visual deterrent, the fluid is foul-tasting thus putting birds and other would-be predators off the beetle as a lunch option.
thanks for clarifying - I've only just come across your response. I'm glad to hear they have a good defence system since they can't run that fast! I have never noticed one flying - is it right they only fly at night, or are their wings just for decoration?
I think the wings are vestigial. There's just enough of the wing covers left to identify it as a beetle, but not enough to actually fly.
Lat/Lng: 50.6, -3.8
OS grid ref: SX7879