Well after finding out from Adrienne from “Adrienne in Ohio” that my veracious beetles were Blister Beetles I am glad I showed the little monsters no mercy.
And I am especially thankful that I did not try to hand pick them. Not that I would have been able to catch these beetles on steroids.
Blister Beetles secrete an irritant that begins to irritate the skin within a few hours which can cause blisters to appear. Ekk!
No thank you I will not mess with these little terrors again but kill them every time.
So if you have them shredding anything in you garden. Do not hand pick them or touch them. Kill them!! If you do hand pick them wear gloves but good luck in trying to catch them.
I just had too many at one time to handle them any other way that spraying them.
This was the result of smashing one on the back of the neck.
Besides my Anemones leaves that they love they also love Alfalfa.There are many cases of deaths of valuable horses in Florida that ingested alfalfa that contained blister beetles in the hay. Fatal deaths have been reported in horses more so than in cattle and sheep.
The Blister Beetles are found all over the United States, Canada and the West Indies.
Blister beetles are thin, elongated insects with large heads. They can be various colors from black to metallic and are about 1/2 to 1-inch in length. These insects are easy to identify because of their elongated necks.
There are over 2,500 species of Blister Beetles and they come in different colors but the shape of them are all the same like those in my pictures with the large heads which can be red in some of them..
Thank you Adrienne for the identification of these nasty beetles.