blister beetle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blister beetle beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blister beetle a beetle used to raise blisters, esp. the Lytta vesicatoriaorCantharis vesicatoria), called Cantharis or Spanish fly by druggists. See Cantharis.
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Usage

In literature:

This is the species which he noticed devouring blistering beetles with impunity.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
One is the reddish brown blister-beetle.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
There is a queer blister-beetle who lays her eggs near bees' nests.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
Cantharidin: the substance that gives the meloid beetles their blistering power composition, C10H12O4 (von Furth).
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
These are blister beetles and are entirely different.
"An Elementary Study of Insects" by Leonard Haseman
Where the striped blister-beetle is numerous, it is a great pest and very destructive to the potato crop.
"The $100 Prize Essay on the Cultivation of the Potato; and How to Cook the Potato" by D. H. Compton and Pierre Blot
THE BLISTER BEETLE or aster beetle comes along when the plants are in bloom or in bud.
"The Mayflower, January, 1905" by Various
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In news:

Idaho alfalfa growers are warned to watch for blister beetle infestations after state ag department officials confirmed an outbreak of the poisonous insects in the foothills area of Ada County near Boise.
Grasshoppers, blister beetles plaguing parts of Arkansas.
A few precautions can help prevent blister beetle contamination of hay and avoid sickness or death in horses that eat it, says Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist.
While it can take up to 100 blister beetles to kill a horse, much fewer can raise blisters on the inside of a horse's mouth or cause a bout of colic.
Many rove beetles ( Paederus spp, Staphylinidae) have a toxic haemolymph called paederin that causes painful necrotic blisters when a beetle is crushed on the skin.
Late summer is the time of year when alfalfa hay is prone to infestation by the blister beetle .
Late summer is the time of year when alfalfa hay is prone to infestation by the blister beetle.
Blister beetles are so named because they emit a caustic chemical that can cause blisters if it comes in contact with skin.
The BBB is just one of many blister beetles (Family Meloidae) of different sizes and colors, but the others do not have the short wing covers and some can be mistaken for lightningbugs or soldier beetles .
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