April 4, 2010
Hi, we discovered this creature during a walk with our dog. It isn´t a fast creature but does move reasonably well. We saw two, one was injured and looked to be bleeding, a red liquid was oozing from it. The second was unharmed and moving well.
La Manga, Southern Spain
This is a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae and the red liquid you observed was the hemolymph that contains a substance cantharidin that will cause irritation to skin and possibly blistering. This may be Berberomeloe insignis which we located on the Wildside Holidays website.
Thank you so much for Identifying the creature for me and taking the trouble to e-mail and let me know. It´s very much appreciated.