Oil Beetles

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Great Diving Beetles
Great Diving Beetles 06 September 2012

I found these monsters whilst surveying some ponds recently. The adults are one of our most impressive beetles. The larvae have menacing jaws and are able to tackle large prey including small fish!


Rugged Oil Beetles
Rugged Oil Beetles 10 October 2011

Autumn is usually a time when most insects are dying off or going into hibernation but not one — the Rugged Oil Beetle.


Violet Oil Beetles, Brook Wood
Violet Oil Beetles, Brook Wood 16 March 2011

A sure sign of spring over the last week has been the emergence of oil beetles in a favoured shelted sun-trap by the River Mardle. These bizarre insects can be seen wandering along the ground in their characteristic gangling manner.

Listen to Radio 4 Living World programme on Oil Beetles – broadcast May 2011.