When threatened, this blister beetle secrets a yellowish fluid onto its legs. Predators are burned by this substance and blisters form on contact.
Their habitat includes gardens, parks and farm fields. Adults eat potatoes and other garden plants, making them a pest in some circles.
Larvae feed on buried grasshopper eggs and overwinter in the ground. This diet keeps grasshopper populations in check, making them beneficial insects in other circles.
Common name: Striped Blister Beetle
Scientific Name: Epicauta vittata
Adult Size (Length): 9mm to 15mm (0.35in to 0.59in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange
General Description: stripes
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Saskatchewan; Maine; New Hampshire; Vermont; New York; Massachusetts; Rhode Island; Connecticut; New Jersey; Maryland; Virginia; West Virginia; North Carolina; Louisiana; Mississippi; Alabama; Georgia; Kentucky; Tennessee
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