An oil beetle (Berberomeloe majalis?) found on a trip to Iberia. The droplet forming is haemolymph (blood), that the beetle ejects as a defence mechanism.
These are fantastic beetles with a bizarre life cycle. Oil beetles lay over 1,000 eggs. Their parasitic larvae (triungulin) climb on the backs of solitary mining bees whilst they collect nectar and pollen in flowering plants for their nests. Once inside a nest they eat the bee's eggs, nectar and pollen. The larvae grow within the nest before leaving in adult form.
Due to their strange lifecycle, they are under threat due to declining bee populations. In the UK, 3 species have gone extinct, with the other 5 declining drastically. They are also declining throughout Europe. They are a UK biodiversity action plan species.
Flowering meadows are particularly important for the continued survival of oil beetles and bees.
Очень нежный, тонкий, чарующий аромат.😍 Женственный👸 и деликатный😊. Как невесомая вуаль, сотканная из нежнейшего цветочно-зеленого💐 благоухания овевает тебя то пропадая,то вновь появляясь как бы не откуда.😎 ________________________________________________