Can you tell what this bug is?
I found this colorful beetle in Phoenix, AZ outskirts in the desert. Do you know the species? Thanks.
This is definitely a Blister Beetle, and we are also certain it is the genus, Cysteodemus, the Desert Spider Beetles. One species is black and the other is white. The white species is the White Bladder-bodied Meloid, Cysteodemus armatus. We are perplexed by the yellow coloration and wonder if it is a variation, a chemical tinting, a pollen dusting, or a different species. We will inquire if Eric Eaton has an opinion.