Mating Blister Beetles: Genus Lytta

Mating black blister beetles
Great website you have there – here’s a contribution to your bug love page: these lovely insects swarmed a bush in my back yard in New Maryland, N.B. and proceeded to gorge on the blossoms and have a huge orgy at the same time. The proceedings went on for about 24 hours, after which all the blossoms were gone and everyone went away satisfied! Good thing I didn’t handle any of them as I did not know what they were at the time! Kathy Power

Hi Kathy,
Your wonderful photograph depicts Blister Beetles in the genus Lytta, as evidenced by the bead-like antennae, but we are not certain of the species. Perhaps Eric Eaton can provide the exact species.

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