Last year, based on an oil beetle I photographed in Grasslands National Park, Sask., I jokingly mentioned that the oil beetle should be Alberta’s official insect, because we have so much of the oily stuff. Well, this year I found a wealth of the little beggars strutting around the Halfmoon Lake Natural Area just NNE of Edmonton. I found a female digging a burrow, and she was soon joined by a male, who did absolutely nothing to help prepare the maternity room!
Check out the video below to see some of the behavior I recorded..
◊ Read more on the fascinating lifecycle of oil beetles at a previous post.