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Location: Brownsville, Texas
January 10, 2011 11:38 am
This beetles is approximately 1.25 inches long. Reddish brown with black spots, legs and pinchers. Sorry they’re a bit blurry.
Signature: Pam Neuburg

Large Eared Blister Beetle: Cissites auriculata

Hi Pam,
This positively spectacular looking beetle is a Blister Beetle,
Cissites auriculata, the Large Eared Blister BeetleAccording to BugGuide, the range is “West and South Texas, Mexico south to Costa Rica. Bahamas & Puerto Rico.”  There is a posting on BugGuide with a very robust comment section, including:  “This probably is only the 2nd record from Texas (& the USA). Lewis recorded the species from the Chisos Mts. in 2004 (Coleop. Bull. 58: 635). The genus is known to parasitize Xylocopa”  which are Carpenter Bees.

Large Eared Blister Beetle

Thank you so very much! Love your site.
Pam Neuburg

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Texas

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