Living With Blister Beetle Medicines

Black Margined Blister Beetle Feeding On Pollen

Blister beetles produce a variety of toxins that deter predators. Some blister beetles produce cantharidins that can cause blisters when exposure is uncontrolled. However, controlled doses of cantharidin are useful in treating some diseases such as lesions of the pox virus, Molluscum. Cantharidin collected from blister beetles has been used as a folk remedy in South Asian countries. Western scientists study the folk remedies and incorporate…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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