U Can’t Touch This!

The Master Blister Beetle (Lytta Magister) secretes a chemical called Cantharidin in its joints.  If you touch the beetle, the Cantharidin can cause painful blisters on your skin.  No wonder this beetle didn’t seem bothered by us taking a closer look as it crawled along Death Valley – we’d be stupid to cop a feel and the beetle knew it.

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    • Maricki
    • May 28th, 2010

    iiii looks disgusting and amazing at the same time!

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