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Anybody know?

Posted by jim1961 6a Central Pa. (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 6, 13 at 11:51

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

This guys about 1 inch long...
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This post was edited by jim1961 on Wed, Nov 6, 13 at 12:25


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RE: Anybody know?

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.


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

Thanks...

Here is a link that might be useful: oil beetle


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Looks like a predator, for sure...


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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 host’s 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 host’s burrow before emerging the following spring ....

Here is a link that might be useful: More info


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Amazing.


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Sorry to read it is a distructive one.


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


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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?


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