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What

Burning Blister Beetles Genus Epicauta

Observer

je9h

Date

June 28, 2018 11:49 AM MDT

Description

Gray blister beetle, presumed Epicauta(?) sp., feeding on (and possibly pollinating through its activities?) Opuntia polyacantha flowers.

Photo 2 shows the same flower 3.5 hours later... given that the flowers only last a day anyway, and assuming the flowers may get pollinated in the process(?), it seems like a very efficient system!

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