blister beetle(redirected from Meloidae)
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Related to Meloidae: Gyrinidae, Curculionidae, Chrysomelidae, Miridae, Tenebrionidae, Cantharidae, Berytidae, Silphidae
Any of various beetles of the family Meloidae, such as the Spanish fly, that secrete cantharidin, a substance that blisters the skin and is toxic to livestock that consume hay contaminated with the beetles. Also called meloid.
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Management Ammonia may ameliorate the pruritus induced by blister fluid; corticosteroids may relieve pain
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