Blister Beetle  (three photos)
Epicauta wheeleri

Taken near St. George, Utah Carol Davis 10-6-2009

male and female epicauta
Catching a photo of this mating pair near St. George, Utah was an
added bonus, as was the pair below in 2008.
Carol Davis 10-6-2009

mating pair of blister

Epicauta  blister beetles can be found throughout the deserts of Utah.
The substance secreted by these insects is so potent it was used in
various wart removal products until 1980.  Blister Beetles are
 best left alone.  Carol Davis, 10-6-2009, Washington County, UT

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