American Oil Beetle - (Meloe americanus)
The American Oil Beetle belongs to the family of blister beetles that can irritate human skin when threatened.
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It is typically 0.2 inches to 0.6 inches (7mm to 17mm) in size and has the following descriptors / identifiers: black; blue; hard shell; segmented body; large abdomen; antenna.
This insect can be found in the following North American states / territories: Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Kansas; Louisiana; Maryland; Michigan; Mississippi; Nebraska; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin.
*Please note that the states/territories listed above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the American Oil Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the American Oil Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.