All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Blister Beetle; Oil Beetle</strong>
<em>Meloe</em> spp.
Great Smoky Mountains NP
March 18, 2009

These pretty, gunmetal blue beetles are best enjoyed at a distance. They exude a chemical called <em>cantharidin</em> that causes blisters on ...
Blister Beetle; Oil Beetle
Meloe spp.
Great Smoky Mountains NP
March 18, 2009

These pretty, gunmetal blue beetles are best enjoyed at a distance. They exude a chemical called cantharidin that causes blisters on the skin of anyone who handles them. Check out the cool antennae on this beetle!

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