Sun 30 Apr 2006
This female oil beetle (blister beetle) was a surprise find – just sitting there in the open (and unable to fly or run)! Obviously very confident that the caustic “oil” that exudes from her limbs would be adequate protection from predators!! I found a male specimen last year and wrote quite a lot of information about oil beetles (here ).
Coleoptera: Meloidae: Meloe coarctatus (hime tsuchihanmyou)
(I hope this identification is correct)
This is a female (look here for male)