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A beetle that, when alarmed or crushed, gives off a substance that causes blisters. The larvae are typically parasites of other insects.
- ‘Mylabris, the dried body of the Chinese blister beetle, has been used as a folk medicine for more than 2000 years.’
- ‘In average seasons, velvet bean has proved itself to be remarkably free from disease and insect pests, although blister beetles may eat the flowers.’
- ‘But blister beetles aren't all bad; they also feed on grasshopper eggs.’
- ‘Because blister beetle larvae feed on grasshopper eggs, there is often an increase in areas of high grasshopper populations.’
- ‘The University doesn't recommend blister beetle treatment because the dead beetles, which are still toxic, remain in the field.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.