Blister beetle | definition of blister beetle by Medical dictionary
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n.An arthropod—Cantharis vesicatoria or Lytta vesicatoria, Family Meloidae—from which ‘Spanish fly’ originates; when applied to mucocutaneous surfaces, it causes erythema, urticaria, and vesiculation; orally, it causes gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, collapse; 60 mg of this nephrotoxic agent may be fatal
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.
Management Ammonia may ameliorate the pruritus induced by blister fluid; corticosteroids may relieve pain
1. a vesicle, especially a bulla, a lesion of the skin.
2. a paste containing an irritant such as cantharides used to plaster onto a horse's leg to produce counterirritation and encourage healing of a strained tendon or ligament.
a vesicle having bloody contents, as may be caused by a pinch or bruise.
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Featured creature: blister beetles [University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences web site].
Featured creature: false blister beetles [University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences web site].
COUNTRYSIDE: I have been plagued with blister beetles for the past several years.
COUNTRYSIDE: If I see blister beetles on a plant, I shake them off (use a stick) and then spray top and bottom of leaves with an enzyme spray intended to get rid of pet odors (the brand I use is called "Out
The fastest way to identify the problem is to find blister beetles
directly within the feed.
Bionomics, systematics, and phylogeny of Lytta, a genus of blister beetles