27 May 2014

Oil Beetle larvae at Cwm Ivy

(c) M. Fordy
Mick Fordy wrote 'Joyce found these at the top of a plant while weeding. If you put your finger near them they catch hold as they would with a bee.'
If you're as sharp-eyed as Joyce and are lucky enough to spot these tiny triungulin larvae, identification is actually easier than the adult beetles, these being the larvae of the Black Oil Beetle Meloe proscarabaeus. See an excellent identification article HERE.

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