Length: beetle in photo 7.3 mm
Oxycopis (13 species) is the most common genus of False Blister Beetles in the West Indies; it is also found in Central America and in the southeastern United States. Among the key traits are: antennae with 11 elongated segments; apical segment of the maxillary palpus triangular; and five abdominal segments visible ventrally. Adults feed on flowers and are attracted to lights; larvae develop in the soil. Human contact with these beetles can cause blistering of the skin.
Photo location: Presqu’île de la Caravelle, Martinique.
Determined by Dr. Stewart Peck, Carleton University, and Dr. Michael A. Ivie, Montana State University.
American Insects site