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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:35 pm    Post subject: Different 'Fly' Reply with quote

This NA Blister Beetle (Lytta aenea) is in the same genus as the infamous "Spanish Fly" (Lytta vesicatoria).
Beetles in this genus produce cantharidin which is claimed to have aphrodisiac properties. Fortunately, we now have Viagra.
Cantharidin is a dangerous chemical and one should not even handle these beetles; hence the common name.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Different 'Fly' Reply with quote

where would some one go about finding one for this type of fly?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The larvae are parasites/predators in the nests of ground-nesting bees.
So, look for the adults in areas where there are ground-nesting bees.
I have a colony of these bees in my garden so I suspect that that is where this adult came from.
Be very careful in handling the adults, they will give you a chemical burn that often takes a very long time to heal.
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No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
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The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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