Black Bug 005
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Black Bug 005

American Oil Beetle
The locals call them chuck wagon bugs. Guess they think they look like a covered wagon.
 
I saw dozens of those around my house last year. None yet this year however. Don't touch though! They're also called blister beetles
 
@WeightedAbyss75 Popular folklore is that they mix two chemicals together that react and get very hot and burn you.

Wikipedia says they spray "Cantharidin, a poisonous chemical that causes blistering of the skin, is used medically to remove warts[1] and is collected for this purpose from species of the genera Mylabris and Lytta, especially Lytta vesicatoria, better known as "Spanish fly"."
 
@PidderPeets "Don't touch though!"... Too late :D
They are too interesting not to touch! They do, however, have the ability to secrete a substance that causes blisters on the skin and, if ingested, poisoning (I doubt they could kill a grown person, but a little boy apparently ended up in the ICU after licking his fingers - no, not the box with the paper towels, get that image out of your head :astonished:!)
 
@DubiaW We have a very similar one in Europe (Meloe violaceus), so when I was living in the US and I found one (in NJ) I looked it up :).
 
@WeightedAbyss75 From what I recall, it's more like just secreting chemicals from their joints that cause irritation and blistering if touched. Nothing as neat as shooting acid :rofl:

@Eva They look too much like ants to me. Definitely not my cup of tea. But hey, if you're fine touching those weird little suckers, go for it! :rofl: I can't tell you what to do. Lol
 
They get smashed all over the highway and leave orange spots on the road. Not an easy specimen to pin. I have one in my (dead) bug collection that shriveled up. I guess it needs to be hollowed out and blown up with air before being dried out.
 

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