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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

Blister Beetles

Dear Peter,
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.
http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_clickbeetles/PlagueSoldierBeetle.htm
Trevor

Thanks for the correction Trevor.

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One Response to Plague Soldier Beetles, NOT Blister Beetles from Australia

  1. aussietrev says:

    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.
    http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_clickbeetles/PlagueSoldierBeetle.htm

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