Living With Blister Beetles

In the previous post, I mentioned that Blister Beetles have hypermetamorphosis. Why? Most larvae of insects with complete metamorphosis are well adapted to a single task: feeding. Typically, the adult female lays eggs near a food source.  Larvae must cover a short distance or even none at all.

Blister beetles do not lay eggs on food. Larvae must travel to find their food.  A mobile larval stage the triungulin (A), is required. The triungulin larva has long legs which can travel larger distances more efficiently. Once it has found a food source, the triunglin form is less well adapted to processing food, molting and rapid growth. The triungulin molts to a form with shorter legs and larger abdomen that facilitates more rapid growth.

Epicauta

Immature Life Stages of the Blister Beetle, Epicauta.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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