Anybody know?

jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.November 6, 2013

What this insect is? Or could direct me to the correct
forum to post?
Thanks...

This guys about 1 inch long...

This post was edited by jim1961 on Wed, Nov 6, 13 at 12:25

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I don't know this exact one because it is the US. But it is very similar to our native Devil's Coach horse - which is definitely a good guy. It is a rove beetle and most are predators.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 1:24PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

I found out this guy is a oil beetle...

Thanks...

Here is a link that might be useful: oil beetle

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 10:29PM
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pnbrown

Looks like a predator, for sure...

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 8:00AM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

The oil beetle larvae (known as tringulins) are very active, and climb up onto flowers where they wait for a host bee. They attach themselves to the bee, and if they are lucky and attach to the right type of species they will be flown to the hostâÂÂs burrow, where the tringulin oil beetle turns into a grub-like larva, and develops, feeding upon the pollen stores and eggs of the host. The larva pupates and the resulting adult beetle spends the winter inside the hostâÂÂs burrow before emerging the following spring ....

Here is a link that might be useful: More info

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 12:17PM
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pnbrown

Amazing.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 7:46AM
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poaky1

Sorry to read it is a distructive one.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 4:00AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

NOT a GOOD guy , to me, if it kills the bee.
I would kill them before they have a chance to kill the bees.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 12:39AM
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toxcrusadr

I'm amazed that a critter could live in a beehive and prey on it without being attacked. I wonder how it pulls that off?

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 10:53AM
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