Blister beetle_ Be aware of me
|Copyright: rajan rajwade (Mrajan)
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|Date Submitted: 2010-01-18 8:41|
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|HI,viewers, i am glad to post this lil monster who gives extrime pains. at my forfathers home i ever happened to meet this guy. very irritating it is. so beware of him and his siblings. hehehhhehehhheehe i still remember my cries and panisism due to his contact.|
Blister beetle :-
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.
Cantharidin is a poisonous chemical causing blistering of the skin. Cantharidin is used medically to remove warts and is collected for this purpose from species of the genera Mylabris and Lytta, especially Lytta vesicatoria, better known as "Spanish fly".
Blister beetles are hypermetamorphic, going through several larval stages, the first of which is typically a mobile triungulin. The larvae are insectivorous, mainly attacking bees, though a few feed on grasshopper eggs; while sometimes considered parasitoids, it appears that in general, the meloid larva consumes the immature host along with its provisions, and can often survive on the provisions alone, thus they are not obligatory parasitoids but rather food parasites that are facultatively parasitoid, or simply predatory. The adults sometimes feed on flowers and leaves of plants of such diverse families like Amaranthaceae, Asteraceae, Fabaceae, and Solanaceae.
The blister beetle genus Epicauta is highly toxic to horses. A few beetles consumed in a single feeding of alfalfa hay may be lethal. Poisonings have also been reported after use of "Spanish fly"-type folk medicines, and after handling blister beetle individuals. The toxic chemical is cantharidin.
so beware of this insect. it is so tiny less than inch in length but 1000% irritative. i captureed this fellow at my native place.And was anciouse whether it will share my bed so whole night i couldnt sleep. this creature is most irritating any brave heart man or woman will just cry like maniac if he/ she gets contact of this insect. i have experience in my childhood.
so beware of it and wikipedia says they got 7500 species. so bewareeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!
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Interesting beetle with fine details in a good framing. Congratulations!
Very nice beetle with beautiful colors and excellent sharpness. But it think it is a member of the Cerambycidae (Longhorn Beetle) family which are armless for Homo Sapiens! Best regards,
an very good image from this Beetle with great detail and sharpness.
Hi Rajan, as indicated by Catherine this is absolutely a Cerambycid (long-horn beetle) not meloid (Blister beetle) and utterly harmless Otherwise your shot is very nice.
TFS and cheers,
Blister Beetles have normally black and red hard wings, Rajan, so you have been rightly guided by some experts on the ID of this insect. You could correct your note accordingly.
Now, thanks for your kind comment on my picture of a dragonfly I posted a few days back. Sorry, work keeps me too busy to reply to the critiques on time. I hope you will forgive me for the delay.
Your picture of this Longhorn is very attractive and has natural colours.
Keep it up and all the best.