Blister Beetle

Gnathium sp.

a Meloidae Beetle, Gnathium, photo © by Michael Plagens

This mating pair are set among the disc flowers of a Desert Marigold in the Goldfield Mts., Maricopa Co., Arizona. 5 April 2015.

Desert Marigold

Desert Marigold

Like their much larger cousins, Gnathium blister beetles are often encountered on flowers. The species in this genus are mostly less than 5 mm long and there are several very similar species. The elongated mouthparts are especially adapted for feeding on nectar that is deep inside floral tubes.

Meloidae -- Blister Beetle Family

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