oil beetle


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oil beetle

n.
Any of various blister beetles of the genus Meloe that exude an oily yellow substance from the joints of the legs when disturbed.

oil beetle

n
(Animals) any of various beetles of the family Meloidae that exude an oily evil-smelling blood from their joints, which deters enemies

oil′ bee`tle


n.
any of several blister beetles of the genus Meloe that exude oily fluid from their leg joints when disturbed.
[1650–60]
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Noun1.oil beetle - any of various beetles that exude an oily substance from the leg joints that deters enemiesoil beetle - any of various beetles that exude an oily substance from the leg joints that deters enemies
blister beetle, meloid - beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skin
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The number of oil beetle species found in the UK has halved in the past 100 years and the remaining four, which are often found around the coasts and particularly in the South West, are under threat.
Ond o'r holl chwilod, mae'n siwr mai un o'r rhai mwya diddorol ydi'r chwilen olew - yr 'oil beetle' neu'r 'blister beetle' yn Saesneg.
The National Trust said the short-necked oil beetle, known as Meloe brevicollis, was found by entomologist Bob Beckford on trust land in South Devon.
The blister beetle, Lytta vesicatoria, sometimes called the Spanish fly or the oil beetle, is a winged, bright green insect common to the USA, Canada, Europe, and southern Russia.
AS anyone as pleased as I was to read last week about the short necked oil beetle? Apparently one's turned up in Salcombe in Devon, after an unexplained 60 year absence.