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 unexpected resurgence of the short necked oil beetle
(which, incidentally, oozes toxic secretions to ward off predators, which might explain its evasiveness) isn't the first time a member of planet beetle has re-emerged from presumed extinction to bring us joy.
The coastal strip of land near Salcombe where the oil beetle
was discovered has been managed less intensively as farmland, therefore creating a habitat where the beetle could survive undisturbed.
Other discovery highlights at Trust properties around Wales were the black oil beetle
Meloe proscarabaeus, and Gooden's Nomad bee Nomada goodeniana - both found at Cwm Tydu, in Ceredigion.
Creepy-crawlie fans may see the rare Mediterranean oil beetle
, previously believed to be extinct, and the splendidly named Bloody-Nosed beetle at Ruda.
The species is one of four oil beetles
found in the UK but, unlike other species which emerge in spring, the rugged oil beetle
emerges in autumn and can be found on warmer days through the winter.
In the mylabrine oil beetles
of the family Meloidae, there has long been confusion at the generic level surrounding many species found in Arabia.