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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 14.1 October 2002

Identification: British oil beetles

By - Alex Ramsay

Oil beetles are so named because of the oily fluid that they can discharge from their joints. They are a distinctive genus of beetles, Meloe, belonging to the Meloidae, with an unusual life history. 

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist