One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A beetle that, when alarmed or crushed, gives off a substance that causes blisters. The larvae are typically parasites of other insects.
Lytta and other genera, family Meloidae: several species. See also Spanish fly
- ‘In average seasons, velvet bean has proved itself to be remarkably free from disease and insect pests, although blister beetles may eat the flowers.’
- ‘Because blister beetle larvae feed on grasshopper eggs, there is often an increase in areas of high grasshopper populations.’
- ‘But blister beetles aren't all bad; they also feed on grasshopper eggs.’
- ‘Mylabris, the dried body of the Chinese blister beetle, has been used as a folk medicine for more than 2000 years.’
- ‘The University doesn't recommend blister beetle treatment because the dead beetles, which are still toxic, remain in the field.’
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