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Ash Gray Blister Beetle

Epicauta floridensis

Description:

Light gray beetle about 5/8" long, plus antennae. As seen in the photo, they eat leaves! This poor tree looks like green Swiss cheese. They destroy gardens; there were two of them on this leaf, eating it away rapidly. The insect-less photo shows more damage on a different tree, different day.

Habitat:

Hilly, wooded.

Notes:

The blister beetles secrete a substance that causes blisters on the skin. Big blisters! The reference site has a photo of an individual who squashed a blister beetle on his neck. Something you definitely wouldn't want to do.

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Ron Rockwell
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Ron Rockwell

Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Jun 6, 2016
Submitted on Jun 21, 2016

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