I have a bug infestation
Location: Hawthorn, Australia, 3123
March 3, 2012 8:50 pm
Hello, I have an infestation in my fromt garden in Melbourne, Australia, and I am unsure what I can do about it.
Signature: Thanks, Peter Schwarcz
This appears to be a species of Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae, however, we are not having any luck with a more specific identification. Blister Beetles are seasonal and sometimes appear in great numbers defoliating plants. Blister Beetles exude a substance known as cantharadin that is known to cause blistering in sensitive individuals. We do not give extermination advice.
Hey guys. I don’t think they are blister beetles, I think they are Plague Soldier Beetles. They congregate to mate generally, bit of an orgy going on in the garden.
Thanks for the correction Trevor.