Mylabris pustulata

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Mylabris pustulata
Mylabris pustulata (Thunberg, 1821) (6089241861).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Meloidae
Genus: Mylabris
Species: M. pustulata
Binomial name
Mylabris pustulata
(Thunberg, 1821)
Seen in Karnataka

Mylabris pustulata is a species of blister beetle belonging to the Meloidae family found in South Asia. Adults feed mainly on flowers from a wide range of plant families. The first larval instar is an active triungulin form that is a predator of soft insects such as aphids. While the young are often beneficial to crops by suppressing other plant feeders, the adults can be a problem when present in large numbers. Flower feeding leads to lower yield and this can be a problem in some leguminous crops. They are however easily controlled by manual collection.

Orange Blister Beetle (Mylabris pustulata) on Ipomoea carnea W2 IMG 0597.jpg