Is this a Blister Beetle?
Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 1:35 PM
I have lived in Arizona for awhile and have never seen a bug like this until recently I noticed a bunch in our yard and floating in the pool. I am wondering if this is a Blister Beetle.
Queen Creek, AZ
You are correct. This is an Iron Cross Blister Beetle in the genus Tegrodera. Of the three species posted to BugGuide, Tegrodera aloga is the one that has been reported from Arizona. The members of this genus are also known as Soldier Blister Beetles. Through the years, we have gotten so many reports of critters that have fallen into swimming pools that we want to have a small section of our book cover those incidents. Your photo is quite beautiful.