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Blister Beetle - Zonitis vittigera

Blister Beetle - Zonitis vittigera
Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
July 12, 2004

suspect Zonitis vittigera (LeConte)

Moved from Nemognatha.

Blister beetle
This is a rather atypical blister beetle, Nemognatha sp. In this genus, the mouthparts are formed into a very long "tongue" for nectar feeding. They are common in the arid west, and are probably pretty common in prairie habitats as well.

Thanks, Eric. I could not fig
Thanks, Eric. I could not figure out what that was - it looked like a third antennae.

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