oil beetle

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oil beetle:

see blister beetleblister beetle,
common name for certain soft-bodied, usually black or brown, mostly elongate and cylindrical beetles belonging to the family Meloidae. Blister beetles are common insects found feeding on the flowers and foliage of various plants. Occasionally some, e.g.
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A NATIONWIDE hunt is being launched for a "fab four" quartet of oil beetles, which are at risk of vanishing from the UK countryside.
That there are many things that could take a leaf (or a bee egg) from the oil beetle's book, and simply disappear from our lives for a bit.
The site will be monitored and the lifecycle of the insect examined in more detail so the National Trust can work with its tenant farmer to make sure the land is managed in a way that helps the oil beetle flourish.
Forty short-necked oil beetles were discovered more than 200 miles from the spot they were last sighted at nearly 60 years ago.
Forty short-necked oil beetles - otherwise known as meloe brevicollis - were found near Salcombe, South Devon - more than 200 miles from their last sighting in Sussex nearly 60 years ago.