The dried beetle, Mylabris phalerata; a vesicant similar to cantharis.
[G. a cockroach found in mills and bakehouses, fr. mylē, mill]
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A Chinese ‘herb’—dried body of the Chinese blister beetle—which, like Spanish fly, contains cantharidin, and is allegedly useful in managing liver cancer
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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.
Based on previous findings of cantharidin as the active constituent of the Chinese medicine Mylabris (8,10-12, 14,15,17,20), the possible therapeutic values of cantharidin against breast cancer and underlying pathways associated with this anticancer activity were investigated in this study.
Most of the Chinese herbal medicines associated with DILI were used to treat osteopathy, arthropathy, dermatosis, gastropathy, leukotrichia, alopecia, and gynecologic diseases, etc., 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 .
1 (H8) 3.67 2.52 Mylabris phalerata Coleoptera Meloidae 8.67 0.58 Coccinellidae Coccinellidae 9.00 4.00 Diptera Syrphidae Episyrphus 16.67 0.58 nectarinus Asilidae Cophinopoda 13.67 2.52 chinensis Sp.
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.
Wang, "Medical uses of mylabris in ancient China and recent studies," Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol.
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., Oothecca mutabilis Sahlberg, dragonflies (Odonata), cotton stainer (Dysdercus suturellus Herrich Schaffer) and Medythia quaterna Fairmaire were observed on cowpea flowers.
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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