The dried beetle, Mylabris phalerata; a vesicant similar to cantharis.
[G. a cockroach found in mills and bakehouses, fr. mylē, mill]
A Chinese ‘herb’—dried body of the Chinese blister beetle—which, like Spanish fly, contains cantharidin, and is allegedly useful in managing liver cancer


The scientific name for a genus of blister beetle, several species of which (Mylabris phalerata and M. cichorii) have been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a vesicant and antitumor agent. Skin exposure to the crushed body of the beetle results in contact dermatitis. The blistering agent in the beetle, cantharides, is also known as Spanish fly.
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The use of the dried body of the Chinese blister beetle, Mylabris (Fig.
The effective ingredients of these herbal medicines mainly include Rhizoma alismatis , tripterygium glycosides, Dioscorea bulbifera , Polygonum multiflorum , raw snake gallbladder, mylabris, centipede powder, ginger-processed Pinellia , and Fructus xanthii .
Toxic effect of neem (Azadirachta indica) extracts against Mylabris phalerata Pallas (Coleoptera: Meloidae) adult under laboratory conditions.
In our study, Paederus extraneus and Paederus melampus were identified as the commonest species in north coastal Andhra Pradesh whereas due to the difference in the habitat of the beetles, Mylabris phalerata and Mylabris pustulata were identified in a study from the western part of neighboring state of Orissa.
These included some species of economic importance like Carabus boysi, Dyticus punctalis, Mimela pectoralis, Onitis subopacus, Melolontha furcicauda, Anomala rufiventris, Coccinella septumpunctata and Mylabris pustulata.
Similar results were reported by Asiwe 10] where butterflies (Lepidoptera), moths (Lepidoptera), Mylabris spp.
Some that were dealt with under the generic name Mylabris by Kasab (1983) and Schneider (1991) are now assigned to other genera such as Croscherichia and Hycleus.
Evaluation of host plant resistance, sowing date modification and intercropping as methods for the control of Mylabris and Coryna species (Coleoptera: Meloidae) infesting pearl millet in the Nigerian Sudan savanna.
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1), the principle active ingredient of Mylabris, a compound that has been used in China as a medicinal agent for 2000 years and for the treatment of cancer, particularly hepatoma [1].
Among these, Blister beetle, Mylabris pustulata (Thunberg) has emerged as a predominant insectpest of pigeonpea flowers in Punjab.
Mylabris pustulata (blister beetle) was studied for the enzymes involved in hydrolysis of cellulose.