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Meloe impressus (male) 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 />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85457/meloe_impressus.html" title="Meloe impressus"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/85457_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=dR7SSPVe12gWu3xp8qXoTJZhtXs%3D" width="118" height="152" alt="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 />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85482/meloe_impressus.html<br />
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Meloe impressus (male)

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 />
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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 />
<br />
Habitat: Spotted in a meadow next to a mixed forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85482/meloe_impressus.html<br />
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    comments (8)

  1. Super cool mugshot! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks...I am still uploading photos from last autumn and decided to add this guy's face. He needed some recognition after being dragged all over the place by his mate. He definitely had a rough, but hopefully satisfying time. Posted one year ago
  2. Wow! Some super macro there Christine!!! Fabulous! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks David! I love the color on these beetles. Posted one year ago
      1. and excellent material for sci-fi Christine Posted one year ago
        1. Haha! Posted one year ago
  3. Great find and color Christine. Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Paul! Posted one year 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 Apr 26, 2020. Captured Oct 8, 2019 12:48 in 281 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/6.3
  • 1/256s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm