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Odd insect in Saguaro Park
Dear WTB,
I took this in Saguaro National Park today, thought the pattern on the wings was unusual…any ideas?
cd krall

Hi CD,
You have taken a most awesome photo of a most awesome insect, the Iron Cross Blister Beetle in the genus Tegrodera. Your photo has the aesthetic of a safari photo of a large animal. There are several possible species, including Tegrodera aloga which is not represented on BugGuide.

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2 Responses to Iron Cross Blister Beetle

  1. Robert Maccagno says:

    Is it common for the Iron cross beetle to attack!
    I was spraying them with bug spray as I must have had some 2-3 hundred in my backyard and was attacked toward my head by 2 of them!
    It was like they were on a mission.
    Been at this property 3 yrs, first time I’ve ever seen them!
    Nowhere can I find that they fly!
    Thanks for the info.
    Queen Creek ,AZ

    • bugman says:

      The beetles are getting sprayed with bug spray and you suspect they are attacking???
      We do not believe they were on a mission. It is more likely that the spraying agitated them and they took to the air, possibly disoriented by the poison. We would encourage you to accept their presence and learn to coexist.

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