Subject: Weird Beetle
Location: Frederick, MD
November 27, 2015 8:44 am
I saw this bug when I took my dogs out. Was wondering if it was a threat to them!
This is an Oil Beetle in the genus Meloe, a member of the Blister Beetle family. Blister Beetles are capable of secreting a compound cantharidin that is known to cause blistering in human skin. This Oil Beetle is not concerned with attacking or threatening your dogs, but if one of your dogs was to attempt to try to eat one, your dog might encounter some irritation or possibly even a more severe reaction.