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Violet Oil Beetles Meloe violaceus mating

During courtship the male Violet Oil Beetle grabs the females’ antennae with his kinked antennae. I am not sure whether this is a tactile behaviour or a pheromone is being passed to the female but it is an essential part of the courthip. The mating lasts about an hour during which time the male is dragged behind the female wherever she goes.

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