UK Safari Home Page
   A Website for Anyone Interested in the
   Wildlife and Countryside of Britain

Nature Photo

 Home | Animals + Nature | Nature Shop | Photography | Members Area | Latest News | Advertise | E-Cards


 

Free Newsletter

NewsletterSent to you
by e-mail

Simply enter your details and hit the send button
more info

Your name

e-mail address  



Search
 

First Visit?
Click Here


Explore More


Links
Advertise
Terms of Use
Contributors
About Us
Contact Us


 

Go back Go Back  |  Bookmark Add to Favourites  |  Print Page Print Page  | E-Mail Us Tell us what you think of this page

Beetle Oil Beetle

Oil Beetle - Photo  Copyright 2005 Reeko Beer Photo: Reeko Beer

UK Safari Tip:
A great way to see all the details on these insects and other small creatures is with a special magnifier box - click here

Latin name: Meloe proscarabeus

Size: Up to 30mms long

Distribution: Found in many parts of the UK.

Months seen: April to August

Food: Vegetation

Habitat: Meadows and fields

Special features: The female oil beetle (above) lays thousands of eggs into holes in the ground, and these hatch into larvae which sit around on flowers waiting to jump on board a passing bee. They then get a lift back to the bees nest where they feed on the bee larvae.

When alarmed, the adult oil beetles can release a foul smelling oil - hence the name.


Track Down More Info

UK Safari Beetle Section
UK Safari Creepy-Crawlies Section








  2006 G. Bradley. All Rights Reserved