Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Titusville, Brevard County, FL, September 2014.
This is a smaller specimen than the one I found in the vegetable garden. Slightly less than 3cm in length. The other was over 4 cm.
Found this insect walking along the Upper Falls walkway.
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.