Blister Beetle

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Beetles (Coleoptera) in the family Meloidae are commonly known as blister beetles, after their defensive secretion of a blistering agent, cantharidin. There are approximately 2,500 known species worldwide. Many are conspicuous and some aposematically colored, announcing their toxicity to would-be predators.


The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1889)


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