oil beetle

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any of various beetles that exude an oily substance from the leg joints that deters enemies

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Now Buglife and the National Trust are launching a survey with government conservation agency Natural England and Oxford University Museum of History to help establish the whereabouts of the four remaining species of oil beetle.
The coastal strip of land where the oil beetle was discovered has been managed less intensively as farmland, therefore creating a habitat where the beetle could survive undisturbed.
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.
Forty short-necked oil beetles were discovered more than 200 miles from the spot they were last sighted at nearly 60 years ago.
Forty short-necked oil beetles - otherwise known as meloe brevicollis - were found near Salcombe, South Devon - more than 200 miles from their last sighting in Sussex nearly 60 years ago.