Subject: Tegrodera aloga
Location: Chandler, AZ
May 29, 2017 6:53 pm
In my backyard, Chandler, AZ – awesome looking!
The Blister Beetle family Meloidae includes many brightly colored and unusually patterned members, but the Iron Cross Blister Beetles in the genus Tegrodera are probably the most remarkable looking. The coloration is surely aposomatic or warning coloration due to the beetle’s ability to secrete the compound cantharidin that is a known blistering agent to human skin.