Mylabris phalerata

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Mylabris phalerata
Yellow-banded Blister Beetle (Mylabris phalerata) (7788570794).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Meloidae
Genus: Mylabris
Species: M. phalerata
Binomial name
Mylabris phalerata

Mylabris phalerata is a species of blister beetle belonging to the Meloidae family. Known as the Chinese blister beetle, it is used in traditional Chinese medicine.[1] A fatality from cantharidin poisoning has been reported, where dried beetles had been used as an abortifacient.[2]


  1. ^ Nakatani, T.; Konishi, T.; Miyahara, K.; Noda, N. (2004). "Three Novel Cantharidin-Related Compounds from the Chinese Blister Beetle, Mylabris phalerata Pall." (pdf). Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin. 52 (7): 807–809. PMID 15256700. doi:10.1248/cpb.52.807. 
  2. ^ Cheng, K. C.; Lee, H. M.; Shum, S. F.; Yip, C. P. (1990). "A Fatality due to the Use of Cantharides from Mylabris phalerata as an Abortifacient". Medicine, Science and the Law. 30 (4): 336–340. PMID 2263179.