Meloe proscarabaeus

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Meloe proscarabaeus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Meloidae
Genus: Meloe
Species: M. proscarabaeus
Binomial name
Meloe proscarabaeus
Linnaeus, 1758
Meloe Proscarabaeus (male)

Meloe proscarabaeus is a European oil beetle. It lives in meadows, field margins and other warm sites in all but the far north of the continent. It lacks hind wings and the elytra are correspondingly reduced in size.

Life cycle[edit]

Eggs are laid in the soil by females. When the larvae hatch, they climb into a flower, and await visiting solitary bees. With their well-developed claws, the larvae attach themselves to the bee and return with it to its nest. Here, they feed on the bee's eggs and the pollen and nectar it had collected. The larva pupates in the bee's nest, and leaves the nest to seek a mate directly afterwards.


  • Michael Chinery (1993). Collins Field Guide: Insects of Britain and Northern Europe. 3rd edition. HarperCollins, London. pp. 320 pp. + 60 colour plates. ISBN 0-00-219918-1. 
  • Wilfried Stichmann (1999). Der große Kosmos Naturführer. Tiere und Pflanzen. Franckh-Kosmos, Stuttgart. p. 896 pp. 

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