Oxycopis sp.

Pollen-feeding Beetle / False Blister Beetle

Oxycopis sp., False Blister Beetle, image from Martinique

Family: Oedemeridae

Subfamily: Oedemerinae

Length: beetle in photo 7.3 mm


Oxycopis (13 species) is the most common genus of family Oedemeridae in the West Indies. It is also found in Central America and in the southeastern United States.

Among the key traits of the genus are:

• antennae with 11 elongated segments

• apical segment of the maxillary palpus triangular

• 5 abdominal segments visible ventrally

Adults feed on flowers and are attracted to lights, while larvae develop in the soil

Human contact with these beetles can cause blistering of the skin.

Photo data: 25 May 2011. Presqu’île de la Caravelle, Martinique.

Determined by Dr. Stewart Peck, Carleton University, and Dr. Michael A. Ivie, Montana State University.

American Insects site
Page date: 2020