Oil Beetles

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Oil Beetles are about at present. I had the attached photo sent to me from someone local to me. Oil beetles have a most extraordinary life cycle and are most likely to be found on south facing slopes where solitary mining bees make their nests. This one, I think, is the Black Oil Beetle although quite irridescent violet in sunshine.

from Gillian Taylor: 28 March 2020