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black oil beetle

Black Oil Beetle Meloe proscarabaeus

Famous for its fearsome jaws, the stag beetle does not have the bite to match. Look for it in woods, parks and gardens in South East England in summer. Males display their massive jaws to attract females and duel with their rivals. Image: Paul Kitchener (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, UK Beetle recording, Buglife – Oil Beetles