Blister Beetle
Gnathium minimum

blister beetle on sunflower

small brown blister beetle on sunflower

lots of gnathium minimum
These tiny orange-brown beetles are one of the smallest of the blister beetles and can be found on sunflowers in the
summer just about anywhere in the state of Utah.  I couldn't find anything descriptive on the internet about them but
I think they're considered an invasive species.  These three photos were taken on Antelope Island and, although you
 can't tell by the photos, these sunflower centers are probably not larger than a silver dollar. That might give you
an idea of how small these little beetles are.  © Carol Davis, 9-30-2009

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