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* Blister beetles - Meloidae - Mylabris *
Blister beetles, oil or CMR beetles are small to medium sized beetles. They are all brightly coloured in red, yellow, orange, brown or gray with black markings. This colouration signifies a warning of distastefulness or toxicity to potential predators. Some blister beetle species produce a strong chemical substance called cantharadin. Cantharidin blisters the skin and is very poisonous – it may cause kidney damage or even cause death when taken in orally. Adult blister beetles are pests in the garden. They feed on the petals of roses, dahlias, other garden flowers, beans and peaches. The larvae however, feed on the egg pods of locusts and grasshoppers and are therefore beneficial to the gardener.
Blister beetles (Meloidae) of the genus Mylabris are widespread and commonally encountered in South Africa, and are of agricultural and medical importance. These beetles are beneficial in the larval stage of their life cycle as they feed on locust eggs. The adults are often seen in the summer months, feeding on the leaves and flowers of crop plants, such as peas and beans. Their damage to the flowers prevent pod formation resulting in economic losses to farmers.
Blister beetles are large, between 20 – 50 mm in length, and are very conspicuous due to their warning colouration. There are many different species in southern Africa, but the most frequently encountered one’s are the larger CMR beetles, named after the Cape Mounted Rifles. These beetles are brightly coloured in yellow and black to warn predators that they are poisonous, this is known as aposematic or warning colouration. Of specific relevance to farmers and humans, is that these beetles produce cantharadin a substance which is so poisonous that it blisters the skin and can even cause the death of animals and humans!
Blister beetles are also found on alfalfa hay fields during the flowering season where they feed on pollen and flowers. Modern agricultural practices of cutting, crimping and swathing in one pass over fields creates a greater risk for subsequent intake and intoxication, as the beetles have less chance of escaping. Poisoning occurs when the animals ingest hay containing blister beetles. Dead and dry beetles are just as poisonous as living beetles. Hence, cantharadin poisoning is common with horses in the USA, but sheep, cattle and goats are also occasionally poisoned.
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PDP, sAner, Comandante, red45, Fisher, olontur, scottevers7, Marche, tiobibi, Silvio2006 has marked this note useful
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- [2005-07-21 11:56]
very nice one Mohammad,
the strongest point arer the good colours and the fantastic dof. The composition is well taken, very good job my friend,
Amazing shot! This red insects looks just fantastic.
Great composition and very nice BG :-)
- [2005-07-21 13:21]
Wonderful, vivid colours and interesting composition.
The insects are probably beetles from family Meloidae, maybe some species of Mylabris.
- [2005-07-21 13:50]
No idea what they are, some kind of beetle.
Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details.
- [2005-07-21 16:13]
This is a great photo. Because of the colors and the blurred BG it looks a bit unrreal and I mean that positive! :) Great colors, well composed, sharp details and good POV. Well done & TFS!
- [2005-07-21 17:52]
Hi Mohammad, nice shot. The beetles look very colourful and it's a pretty good composition. a little more DOF would ahve been nice. Well captured.
Very nice capture.Crisp clear details,vivd colors,contrast,BG,POV and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.
- [2005-07-22 8:07]
Pretty shot for sure! I like saturated, shinning reds on beetles' backs, contrast with violet flower, composition and bright light. These flower seems to be very attractive to different kinds of insects. Well written and interesting note. Overall - great work!
Wonderful colors and composition, Mohammad! Thanks for sharing
A superb composition! The photo has very vivid color and sharp detail.
a nice shot!
Great moment ;) but the composition is greater! very goo jobe and well done.
- [2005-09-27 13:14]
Superbe composition. DOF extraordinaire et jolies couleurs, c'est un grand travail, et la note très interessante.
- [2006-04-12 5:14]
Very beautiful ! Excellent composition and colors, good sharpness and details, and also a nice BG. It's really a fantastic capture. Well done !
Hi Mohammad, it's a very nice composition with two lovely bugs in love, great pose, wonderful colors, splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio