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blister beetle

n.
Any of various beetles of the family Meloidae, such as the Spanish fly, that secrete cantharidin, a substance that blisters the skin and is toxic to livestock that consume hay contaminated with the beetles. Also called meloid.

blister beetle

n
(Animals) any beetle of the family Meloidae, many of which produce a secretion that blisters the skin. See also Spanish fly

blis′ter bee`tle


n.
any of various beetles of the family Meloidae, many of which produce a secretion capable of blistering the skin.
[1810–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blister beetle - beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skinblister beetle - beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skin
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
family Meloidae, Meloidae - blister beetles
oil beetle - any of various beetles that exude an oily substance from the leg joints that deters enemies
Spanish fly - green beetle of southern Europe
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Scarabs (Scarabaeidae), blister beetles (Meloidae), leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae), and weevils (Curculionidae) are among the species that are particularly fond of leafy foliage and will strip leaves of their tissues or completely defoliate plants.
Transfer and distribution of cantharidin within selected members of blister beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae) and its probable importance in sexual behaviour.
Unlike the suspected Nairobi Fly, blister beetles actually have wings, secrete a similar poison producing blisters such as those in your pictures.
Make sure if you are feeding alfalfa to horses that it is from a later cutting and is free of blister beetles.
Spinosad controls all types of caterpillars, Colorado potato beetle larvae and blister beetles, and works best on pests that consume a lot of leaf tissue.
Blister beetles and false blister beetles produce the chemical cantharidin that causes skin blistering.
Large populations of grasshoppers may lead to a corresponding increase in medically important blister beetle (Meloidae) populations since the larvae of blister beetles prey on the eggs of grasshoppers.
Despite the title, which depending on personal tastes can be a plus or a minus for a commuter read, the book gives clear accounts of a wide range of research beyond sex: insect personalities, wasp facial recognition, fruit flies artificially bred for intelligence, slavemaking ants, hitchhiking blister beetles and much more.
Coleoptera: Ground beetle, Pasimachus punctatus Haldeman; Blister beetle, Pyrota postica Le Conte; Blister beetles, Epicauta spp.
Sure to appeal to middle school students, this book highlights the peculiar and gross aspects of individual deaths, such as Henry VIII exploding in his coffin, or the use of blister beetles to treat George Washington.
He talked of blister beetles and antibiotics and insect sex attractants.