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Do I need to worry about blister beetles?


#1

Been seeing a bunch around lately (SW US) and I read that their larvae attack bees. Did some quick searches and haven’t found anything that specifically calls out honey bees as being at risk - seems to be mostly ground bees.


#2

That the same as Small Hive Beetle (SHB)?


#3

I’m talking about these guys (they don’t look like SHB, unless SHB is an adolescent stage).


#4

No, I;m pretty sure SHB is a bit rounder. But I am no entomologist. That looks more similar to a lightning bug to me.


#5

This is what their larvae do to bees. Shudder! Imagine seeing those on your bees!


#6

Wow, that IS amazing. It must be a native species that preys on native bees in that area.