Orange blister beetles mating
Orange blister beetle is species of blister beetles that secrete a powerful blistering agent which causes skin burns when it comes in contact with the skin.
The bright coloration is a warning to the predators to stay away from them.
In some species,while mating, the males would give the blistering agent to the females who would later cover her eggs with it as a protective layer
The young ones are beneficial to the crops, while the adult forms in large numbers are very destructive.
''Mylabris pustulata'' is a species of blister beetle belonging to the Meloidae family found in South Asia. Adults feed mainly on flowers from a wide range of plant families. The first larval instar is an active triungulin form that is a predator of soft insects such as aphids. While the young are often beneficial to crops by suppressing other plant feeders, the adults can be a problem when present in large numbers. Flower feeding leads to lower yield and this can be a problem in some leguminous.. more