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May 8, 2013 10:24 PM

Can anyone identify this oil beetle with red edged thorax?

I snapped this beauty this morning in central Spain. It was obviusly female as it was digging a burrow. Unfortunately there is nothing like it in my field guide (Chinery, Insects of Britain and Western Europe). Does anyone know what it is? It was about 2.5 cm long.

 

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Alan

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