Red headed Chinese beetle for Identification
February 15, 2010
I would be very grateful if you could help identify this beetle to any taxanomic level. I saw it in Sichuan province last July on a mountain path at about 600-900m. To my inexperienced eye it is very unusual but my guess is it’s some kind of rove beetle.
Though Rove Beetle was a good guess, this is actually a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae. It resembles many North American species in the genus Lytta, which you can compare on BugGuide, so that genus is our best guess at the moment.
Hi Daniel, thank you for your ID. Yes I see now it is a blister beetle and that
they have quite a characteriustic shape. Lytta looks like the correct genus, I
see that many species have different patterns of red on their head and thorax
with a black abdomen. Must be closely related to these N American spp.