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By Diane Sieker

Use caution around the iron cross blister beetle


Last updated 8/16/2019 at 2:03am

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An iron cross blister beetle was found in Anza last month.

The iron cross blister beetle is not an insect that has the best reputation. Despite a colorful and festive appearance, the beetle's vibrant yellow, black and red colors are meant to warn others of its nasty nature with the very hues that make it so interesting.

Tegrodera aloga, commonly called the iron cross blister beetle, is part of a family of insects that uses chemicals as a defense against predators. 

The beetle is dangerous to touch and poisonous to eat, making it hazardous to people, pets and livestock.

The beetle carries potent cantharidin toxins that can interfere with a verteb...

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