This indigo-colored beetle looks beautiful but I was careful not to touch him last Sunday at Linn Run State Park. It’s a good thing I didn’t … and here’s why.
At an inch and a half long this beetle was hard to miss. Thirteen of us watched him walk on the leaves. Loree Speedy suggested he was a Blister Beetle.
Wissahickon‘s bug expert, Monica Miller, confirmed he’s one of the many species of Oil Beetles (Melos) in the Blister Beetle family (Meloidae). His true identity requires a coleopterist’s help but her guess is Meloe impressus. (I like the idea that “This Meloe impressed us.”)
Yes, he’s an amazing color, has short wing covers, knobby antennae.
Just look. Don’t touch.
(photos by Kate St. John)