Red one with black spots
Location: Turkey, İzmir
August 20, 2011 2:43 am
I want to know what is these. In which family?
Thank you very much
Signature: Sertaç TURHAN

Blister Beetle

Dear Sertaç TURHAN,
This is a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae, and we posted a similar looking Blister Beetle from Croatia several years ago that we never identified.  We found an article published on the internet, Blister Beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae) in Nahavand County (Hamedan Province, Iran) and Their Ecological Relationship to Other Coleopteran Families by MR Nikbakhtzadeh, S Tirgari that has photos of two very similar looking beetles,
Mylabris variabilis and Mylabris impressa.  The Beetles (Coleoptera) and Coleopterologists website has a photo from this genus attributed to A.N. Posedko that is also very similar.  We believe your beetle is also in the genus Mylabris.  Blister Beetles should be handled with extreme caution, or better yet, not handled at all, as they can excrete a substance that causes blisters on skin.

Location: Turkey

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