Epicauta - Part I  (three photos)
Blister Beetle

gray blister beetle

epicauta

mating epicauta
Epicauta blister beetles on rabbitbrush just outside St. George, Utah.  These beetles are vegetarians and can leave blisters on your skin if
you bother them, hence the name "blister" beetle.  Nonetheless, they are gorgeous!  Catching a photo of this mating pair was an added
bonus.  Some of these beetles had gold on them and others did not.  I was unable to identify them to species but I know from
Bugguide.net that Epicauta caviceps and Epicauta fortis have been identified near St. George.  © Carol Davis, 10-18-2008

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