Living With Blister Beetle Medicines

Blister Beetle F

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 those that are effective, such as cantharidin into modern therapies.

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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