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Blister Beetle

Description: a dried date. Rust or dark orange in colour. Bi-coloured legs. Knobbly antennae; quite long.


Garden. Residential. Eating away at the leaves of Lagerstroemia Indica. The sun wasn't at the right angle (last shot) and so I plucked the twig from the plant and placed it where the glare was not so much...not for a moment was it fazed. Once I finished photographing I replaced it on the tree. Such a cooperative species.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 months ago


SukanyaDatta 8 months ago

Guardian Angels have a tough time taking care of the likes of us don't they? Cantharidin. Brings back 2 memories. A hair oil by that name...much used by the older generation and a novel by Roald Dahl...slightly no names.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 months ago

I'm glad you survived lol. This is a blister beetle family Meloidae. Their defence is to exude the poison cantharidin from the joints when threatened. Maybe that's why they're so casual by nature. Ha ha.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Mar 25, 2021
Submitted on Mar 26, 2021

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