Blister beetle

Blister beetle

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Caption: Blister beetle (Mylabris pustulata) on a plant. The black and red stripes on the beetle's body warn predators that it is poisonous. Blister beetles are so-called because they secrete cantharidin, a chemical that causes blistering on human skin. Photographed in India.

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