Subject: Yellow & Black Beetle
April 12, 2017 2:11 am
Can you please help me identify the bug below – shot in India?
Signature: John F
This is a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae. Though the markings are not exactly the same, it might be a color variation or a different species in the same genus as this unidentified Blister Beetle on India BioDiversity. We believe it is in the genus Mylabris based on images we have located online, including on Bold Systems Taxonomy. Blister Beetles should be handled with extreme caution as they secrete a compound known as cantharidin that is known to cause blistering in human skin.
Thanks so much…I almost labelled it as a blister beetle…but as you say the markings are somewhat different.
Must also be a cousin of the Cantharides Beetle we used to get in Africa – which caused extreme blistering!
Thanks again and for such a quick reponse.