Desert Blister Beetle

Desert Blister Beetle

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Credit: STUART WILSON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Desert Blister Beetles (Lytta magister), Anza Borrego State Park, California. These beetles secrete an organic chemical called cantharidin when disturbed. This substance causes blisters and was used in over-the-counter wart remedies. They are found in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in California and elsewhere.

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Keywords: animal, aposematic coloration, beetle, blister, california, cantharid, cantharidae, desert, desert blister beetle, deserts, insect, lytta magister, mojave desert, sonora, sonoran

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