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blister beetle

n.
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.
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
Management Ammonia may ameliorate the pruritus induced by blister fluid; corticosteroids may relieve pain
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Total solubilized proteins were estimated in all the indigenously isolated native Bt isolates showing potential against blister beetle by method of Lowry et al (1951) (13).
The data pertaining to the field bioefficacy of native Bt isolates against blister beetle have been presented in Table 1.
INTRODUCTION: Paederus dermatitis, also known as dermatitis linearis or blister beetle dermatitis is a peculiar irritant contact dermatitis characterized by vesicles and bullae on an erythematous base on exposed areas of the body with sudden onset of burning and stinging sensation, provoked by an insect belonging to the genus Paederus, family Staphylinidae (rove beetles), order Coleoptera (beetles) after being crushed on the skin, releasing the hemolymph pederin.
Some steps can be taken to reduce the possibility of incorporating blister beetles in hay.
However, male bees paid visits to models scented with extracts from blister beetle larvae as often as they did to real beetle clumps.
Some gardeners grow calendulas as a trap crop, or you can skip over a few pigweeds (Amaranthus species) when weeding and let them serve as blister beetle magnets.
Canthardin poisoning occurs when blister beetles are ingested by horses feeding on freshly cut alfalfa hay, usually from the central and southwestern United States.
Reinshagen seeking help with blister beetles (Nov./Dec., 2006 page 27): We had the same problem with blister beetles destroying our tomato plants.
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