Blister Beetles


Summary 2

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.

SoCal Status 3

Known Species per The California Beetle Database .
Calospasta nemognathoides
Cordylospasta opaca
Cysteodemus armatus
Epicauta alphonsei
Epicauta barberi
Epicauta californica
Epicauta costata
Epicauta ensiformis
Epicauta foxi
Epicauta impressifrons
Epicauta lauta
Epicauta liebecki
Epicauta magnomaculata
Epicauta phoenix
Epicauta puncticollis
Epicauta straba
Epicauta tenella
Epicauta tenuilineata
Epicauta virgulata
Epicauta wheeleri
Eupompha elegans
Eupompha elegans perpulchra
Eupompha histrionica
Eupompha imperialis
Eupompha schwarzi
Hornia neomexicana
Linsleya californica
Linsleya sphaericollis
Lytta aeneipennis
Lytta auriculata
Lytta blaisdelli
Lytta childi
Lytta chloris
Lytta comans
Lytta crotchii
Lytta difficilis
Lytta funerea
Lytta hoppingi
Lytta incommoda
Lytta insperata
Lytta lugens
Lytta magister
Lytta melaena
Lytta moerens
Lytta moesta
Lytta molesta
Lytta morosa
Lytta morrisoni
Lytta mutilata
Lytta nigripilis
Lytta nitidicollis
Lytta purpurescens
Lytta refulgens
Lytta stygica
Lytta sublaevis
Lytta tenebrosa
Lytta vulnerata
Meloe ajax
Meloe barbarus
Meloe occultus
Meloe strigulosus
Nemognatha bridwelli
Nemognatha cantharidis
Nemognatha cribraria
Nemognatha hurdi
Nemognatha lurida
Nemognatha lutea
Nemognatha macswaini
Nemognatha miranda
Nemognatha pallens
Nemognatha scutellaris
Nemognatha soror
Phodaga alticeps
Phodaga marmorata
Pleuropasta mirabilis
Pseudozonitis brevis
Pseudozonitis maculicollis
Pseudozonitis martini
Pseudozonitis vaurieae
Pseudozonitis vigilans
Pyrota concinna
Pyrota palpalis
Spastonyx macswaini
Tegrodera aloga
Tegrodera erosa
Tegrodera latecincta
Tricrania stansburyi
Zonitis atripennis
Zonitis bilineata
Zonitis punctipennis

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  1. (c) Ferran Turmo Gort, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA),
  2. Adapted by BJ Stacey from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA),
  3. (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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