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Meloe impressus Isn&#039;t this romantic? I spotted this couple as the female (larger one seen above) was dragging the male around as they were mating. Their reproductive parts were attached, so she dragged him along wherever she wanted to go.<br />
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I based the species level ID on the fact that the head and pronotum were not deeply punctate. Also, the blue color and the time of year further confirm the ID.<br />
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Habitat: Spotted in a meadow next to a mixed forest.<br />
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I based the species level ID on the fact that the head and pronotum were not deeply punctate. Also, the blue color and the time of year further confirm the ID.<br />
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Habitat: Spotted in a meadow next to a mixed forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85457/meloe_impressus.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85481/meloe_impressus.html" title="Meloe impressus"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/85481_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1573084810&Signature=qYtGPlb5BmZj36vPNVOo4uXQoqw%3D" width="200" height="174" alt="Meloe impressus Don&#039;t worry, she&#039;s not dead - she&#039;s just pretending. <br />
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I based the species level ID on the fact that the head and pronotum were not deeply punctate. Also, the blue color and the time of year further confirm the ID.<br />
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Habitat: Spotted in a meadow next to a mixed forest. There were at least 5 of these beetles hanging out together in the grass.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85457/meloe_impressus.html<br />
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Meloe impressus

Isn't this romantic? I spotted this couple as the female (larger one seen above) was dragging the male around as they were mating. Their reproductive parts were attached, so she dragged him along wherever she wanted to go.

I based the species level ID on the fact that the head and pronotum were not deeply punctate. Also, the blue color and the time of year further confirm the ID.

Habitat: Spotted in a meadow next to a mixed forest.

Meloe impressus Isn't this romantic? I spotted this couple as the female (larger one seen above) was dragging the male around as they were mating. Their reproductive parts were attached, so she dragged him along wherever she wanted to go.<br />
<br />
I based the species level ID on the fact that the head and pronotum were not deeply punctate. Also, the blue color and the time of year further confirm the ID.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Spotted in a meadow next to a mixed forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85457/meloe_impressus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85481/meloe_impressus.html Fall,Geotagged,Meloe impressus,United States

Meloe impressus Don't worry, she's not dead - she's just pretending. <br />
<br />
I based the species level ID on the fact that the head and pronotum were not deeply punctate. Also, the blue color and the time of year further confirm the ID.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Spotted in a meadow next to a mixed forest. There were at least 5 of these beetles hanging out together in the grass.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85457/meloe_impressus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85482/meloe_impressus.html Fall,Geotagged,Meloe impressus,United States,beetle,meloe

    comments (4)

  1. So awesome, I first though it was a water reflection. Posted 5 days ago
    1. Thanks! I love these beetles, but I don't touch them because, when annoyed, they leak oil, which can cause nasty blisters.

      Oh, and a fun tidbit about their larvae: The newly hatched larvae are called triungulins and have a unique purpose. They aggregate and release pheromones. The pheromones attract solitary male bees. The male bees will think the triungulins are a female bee and he will try to mate with them. His attempts cause him to become covered in triungulins, who hitchhike on him until he actually finds a real female bee to mate with. While mating with the female, he passes on the larvae to her. She unwittingly carries them back to her nest, where they feast on her pollen reserves that she had stocked up for her babies. The triungulins then molt into bigger larvae and they continue to feast on pollen and the bee's babies. Eventually, they pupate and emerge as adult beetles. Crazy, right?!
      Posted 4 days ago
      1. Oh wow, sneaky little things lol. It reminds me of the caterpillar of a particular butterfly (a blue). It pretends to be an ant puppa so that ants carry it to the home nest. There it will be fully fed and raised as if their own. The story ends with a "ok thanks bye!" when the butterfly is mature. Posted 4 days ago
        1. Nature is so amazing! Endless creativity, haha. Posted 4 days ago

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''Meloe impressus'' is a species of blister beetle in the family Meloidae. It is found in North America.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Oct 9, 2019. Captured Oct 8, 2019 12:49 in 281 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/6.3
  • 1/256s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm