Flying Insect
April 29, 2010
These bugs are all over Thunderbird park. They fly and their wings are noisy. They are over an inch long. They are bright red and black. There are a lot of them around the yellow wild flowers. I would love to know more about them.
Thunderbird Park–Glendale, AZ

Master Blister Beetle

Hi Marianne,
The Master Blister Beetle, Lytta magister, is sure a beautiful beautiful beetle, but don’t touch.  Blister Beetles secrete a compound known as cantharidin that can cause the skin to blister.

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