Iridescent bug found

Toms River, NJ

Does anyone know what kind of insect this is? I've had no luck in my searches.

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Minot, ND

It's a blister beetle (family Meloidae) in the genus Meloe. They sometimes are called 'oil beetles' because of the oily-appearing fluid exuded from their joints when they are molested. This fluid (hemolymph) contains a chemical (cantharidin) that can cause blistering of tender skin.

Toms River, NJ

Thank you kind sir. I was gardenimg and came across him but had never seen anything like it. 👍

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