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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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They are asking the public to report sightings of oil beetles, which are normally found between late March and June and can be spotted on wildflower-rich grasslands, heathlands, moors and coastal areas, such as cliff tops.
Oil beetles were formerly more common, but their natural habitats and the populations of bees they rely on have been decimated by intensive farming practices.
Oil beetles were once common but their natural habitats and the populations of young bees used to feed its larvae have been decimated by intensive farming.
Oil beetles were once common but their natural habitats and the populations of bees they rely on have been decimated by intensive farming.
Plus a new boat trip to Tiree, a hunt for sand lizards and/or shortnecked oil beetles, and chance to listen to the enchanting song of Coll at our dusk watch.