A beetle that, when alarmed or crushed, gives off a substance that causes blisters. The larvae are typically parasites of other insects.
- Because blister beetle larvae feed on grasshopper eggs, there is often an increase in areas of high grasshopper populations.
- 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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Syllabification: blis·ter bee·tle
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