One Fascinating Beetle – Orange Blister Beetle

Orange Blister Beetle
Orange Blister Beetle

How fascinating a beetle.  Did you know this group of beetles begin their lives as kleptoparasites – stealing food from the the nests of solitary bees?  As adults these beetles are primarily nectar and pollen feeders and use the specialized mouth parts visible in this photograph to collect their food  – primarily from the flowers of Asteraceae.  If that were not enough, these guys get their names from a defensive chemical they produce called cantharidin which can produce severe chemical burns and blisters when sprayed on skin and severe poisoning if ingested.  This chemical has proven an effective treatment against diseases such as cancers and leishmaniasis.  This guy was found at Shaw Nature Reserve.

Thanks for visiting.
OZB

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s