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  • Scientific Names
    • Meloidae
  • English
    • Blister Beetles
  • Spanish
    • Escarabajos ampolleros
  • German
    • Ölkäfer
    • Blasenkäfer
  • Chinese (Traditional)
    • 地膽科
    • 芫菁科

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Recent observations

Photos / Sounds

Observer

omerweiner

Date

May 5, 2016 11:25 AM AST

Place

Golan, IL (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Oil Beetles Genus Meloe

Observer

sindic

Date

May 5, 2016 04:09 PM CEST

Photos / Sounds

What

Short-winged Blister Beetle Meloe angusticollis

Observer

eraskin

Date

May 3, 2016

Description

Appeared to play dead & exuded an orange substance from leg joints when disturbed. The latter is the source of the the common name 'oil beetle.' The name 'blister beetle' apparently derives from the fact that this substance contains a chemical called cantharidin that is a skin irritant (fortunately it didn't appear to cause any reaction in the skin on my palms). More info here: http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/586173/Blue-beetle-looks-like-ant.html?nav=5067

Photos / Sounds

What

Red-eared Blister Beetle Lytta auriculata

Observer

andrewrivera

Date

May 1, 2016 04:15 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Red-eared Blister Beetle Lytta auriculata

Observer

glmory

Date

May 1, 2016 05:10 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

kueda

Date

April 30, 2016 01:58 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Blister Beetles Family Meloidae

Observer

steviekgold

Date

April 30, 2016 06:00 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Master Blister Beetle Lytta magister

Observer

nataliebee

Date

April 2, 2016 02:22 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Blister Beetles Family Meloidae

Observer

kueda

Date

April 30, 2016 01:13 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Blister Beetles Family Meloidae

Observer

javiehweg

Date

April 30, 2016 01:35 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

stevedaniels

Date

April 29, 2016

Place

Ierapetra (Google, OSM)

Description

Beware confusion with Omophlus lepturoides or Lagria hirta (both look similar but have a black pronotum)

Photos / Sounds

Observer

stevedaniels

Date

April 29, 2016

Place

Ierapetra (Google, OSM)
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Description from Wikipedia

Blister beetles are beetles (Coleoptera) of the family Meloidae, so called for their defensive secretion of a blistering agent, cantharidin. There are approximately 7,500 known species worldwide. Many are conspicuous and some aposematically colored, announcing their toxicity to would-be predators.

No range data available.
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