What's eating you? blister beetles revisited

Bonnie D. Hodge, George W. Elgart, Dirk M. Elston

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Blister beetles are a group of insects that include the Meloidae, Oedemeridae, and Staphylinidae families. The most well-known family, Meloidae, has more than 200 species known for causing a blistering dermatitis in humans by emitting the substance cantharidin, which has been pharmacologically used as a vesicant and can cause deleterious effects if ingested. Most recently, blister beetles have been studied for their anticancer properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-319
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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    Hodge, B. D., Elgart, G. W., & Elston, D. M. (2019). What's eating you? blister beetles revisited. Cutis, 104(6), 317-319.