Found Him!

Well, look who decided to show up!

Black Oil Beetle

The photo is a lousy one. It took me quite a while to identify him. All of my field guides were unable to help. I resorted to Google Lens. I uploaded the photo into the program and it directed me to a Canadian website which indicated that the beetle in question was from Europe. Notice its range:

No observations in North America

I did find it odd that few, if any, sightings were in North America. Then I downloaded the American app called iNaturalist and it returned the same results! Black Oil Beetle. No matter how you slice it, this is a unique insect that was out of its element in February. The beetle has been released and I am on to other matters, like a one-eyed house finch currently roosting on my bedroom door.

31 Replies to “Found Him!”

  1. I can’t believe you brought that beetle in your house! I have the creeps just seeing a photo. Now you have a bird in your bedroom. Way too much nature in your house:) I’ll stick with my spiders and the very occasional mouse.

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    1. Ha! Very funny. No one has shown this fella any love! Apparently, he has the ability to squirt a caustic oil if handled too roughly. I was very ginger with him and he didn’t spray me. That would have really sucked!

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      1. when you get up close to as many as I do while in the allotment… lol… today a helped a spider whom I half buried as I was hoeing, and a ladybug which had turned on its back I turned back over..
        My reward was to see a Peacock Butterfly sat still on a piece of grass…. I went to get my phone to take a picture when it saw my shadow and flew off…
        Its so very early for them to out… If it turns colder they will need help…
        Any way… we do our bit…. even if some creepy crawlies do give me the shudders… I cannot stand the Chafer Beetle Larva….. a Huge Grub that lives underground in the soil that eats the roots of grass… It emerges to a copy winged beetle that looks nice… But its lava is horrid.. Look up chafer grubs on Google Images lol and you will see what I mean. LOL….
        Have a great week Regina.. ❤

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