Black insect with red stripes
July 16, 2009
Found this bug east of flagstaff in an abandon trading post. It was moving quickly but seemed to be dragging that red striped sack.
Willis
30 miles east of flagstaff arizona

Blister Beetle:  genus Megetra

Blister Beetle: genus Megetra

Hi Willis,
This is a Blister Beetle in the genus Megetra.  You can see more images and get information on BugGuide.
We love your photo with its alarming color palette.  The Blister Beetle does have warning colors for a good reason.  It can exude a blistering agent called cantharidin.

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