Black Blister Beetle

Epicauta segmenta

a black with white band blister beetle, Epicauta segmenta, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed in Florida Canyon, Sta. Rita Mountains, Arizona, USA. 31 July 2013.

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Adult blister beetles are typically very conspicuous insects that move slowly and when handled may exude an acrid liquid that can be both irritating and toxic. The immature stage is a grub that feeds upon the eggs of grasshoppers in the soil.

Meloidae -- Blister Beetle Family

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