Bug Watch have asked for sightings of oil beetles (link), and today on a walk along the Inny valley and up through Carthamatha we found this one (male, probably violet species) wandering across the footpath. As the link explains these beetles have the most amazing life cycles. Unfortunately when we tried to submit our sighting the site link broke down.
the lower picture is a better picture of the same species outside our house a few years ago (and qv ). I think they must be quite common around here