What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: blister beetle
Location: almeria spain
May 5, 2014 1:16 pm
Hello,
Ive looked at the other pictures you have of this beetle but the ones I found in our garden are slightly different.
They dont have the strips or wing, just complety black body with a bright red head.
We live in almeria spain.
Signature: Laura

Blister Beetle

Blister Beetle

Hi Laura,
Through a somewhat convoluted path, we believe we have correctly identified your Blister Beetle as
Berberomeloe insignis.  We started by searching our archives and we located an all black Blister Beetle and a tentative identification as Berberomeloe insignis, but the link we originally used in 2010 is no longer active.  Upon searching the name, we discovered several images of a red eared Blister Beetle that looks very much like your individual, including this image on Los Bloggers de Axena.  Additional searching led us to a marvelous pdf on magrama.gob.es, which we figured out is a Spanish government website, but alas, our Spanish is rather insufficient to grasp the totality of the information it provides.  At least we know that Berberomeloe insignis is endemic in southern Spain, and your town Almeria is included in the range. 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Almeria, Spain

6 Responses to Blister Beetle from Spain: Berberomeloe insignis

  1. Jonathan says:

    What a coincidence, I found the exact same bug walking in the Sierra Los Filabres, Almeria, on Tuesday.
    Thanks for the i.d.

  2. David says:

    Saw two today while walking in the mountains and valleys between Murcia and Succina . Now identified . Thanks

  3. Angus says:

    Saw large numbers (30+) of the species hiking in the hills near Itrabo today. Thx for the help to ID these marvellous critters 🙂

  4. Dario Drome says:

    Another study about blister beetles and cantharidin in Spain:
    https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlw016

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