Monday, January 19, 2009

New Beetle Discovered

I came across an interesting article about a newly discovered species of long-horned beetle (Onychocerus albitarsis) in Peru in the March 2008 issue of Natural History magazine. The interesting part is that it is the first and only beetle ever found that stings. While a collector was handling it, it delivered a sharp sting to his finger making him drop it, which caused only minor irritation and swelling. When later examined it was found that on the end of each of its antennae are stingers that when magnified look much like the bulbous stinger found on scorpions. To read a nice account of this find and to see a photo of it go here.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Namib Naturalist said...

Interesting. There are of course blister beetles (family Meloidae) that don't sting, but can cause you some serious irritation.

In Namibia we get problems with them from time to time when we have good rain in the desert.

I see you still maintain a link to my site, Frantic Naturalist. Thanks.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Jace Stansbury said...

Namib Naturalist- thanks for your comments. We've got blister beetles also, as a matter of fact I almost made the mistake of picking one up.

Jace

5:08 PM  

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