|Fire-colored Beetle - Pedilus lugubris|
Family Pyrochroidae. Pyrochroids derive chemical defense by stealing a blistering agent from beetles in the Family Meloidae Beetles Index
Male pyrochroid beetles are known to climb onto blister beetles and ingest the cantharidin exuded by the insect. Completely immune to the effects of the blistering agent, they use the chemical to attract females, who become the recipients of a cantharidin-laden sperm packet with which they coat their eggs.
There are also other insects that eat live or dead blister beetles to obtain the protective qualities of this chemical defense; these are all called cantharidinophilous, as in "cantharidin lover." I assume they use the chemical in similar wise; passing it to their female cohorts.
In animals, cantharidin is absorbed through the intestine and can cause symptoms such as inflammation, colic, elevated temperature, depression, increased heart rate and respiration, dehydration, sweating, and diarrhea. There is frequent urination during the first 24 hours after ingestion, accompanied by inflammation of the urinary tract. This irritation may also result in secondary infection and bleeding. Taken internally, as little as 10 milligrams can be fatal in humans.
The concentration of cantharidin in adult beetles depends primarily on the sex; males produce the chemical and only pass on small amounts to the females during mating. Cantharidin amounts also depend on species; the striped blister beetle has approximately five times more catharidin than the black variety. In one species, Méloé proscarabaeus, cantharidin makes up fully 1/4 of the insect's blood.  
Blister Beetle adults feed on leaves in the tops of a plant but are especially attracted to flowers where they feed on nectar and pollen. These early spring beetles are feeding on a blackthorn sloe, a relative of the common cherry tree.
Female blister beetles lay clusters of eggs in the soil in late summer. The small, active larvae that hatch from these eggs crawl over the soil surface entering cracks in search for grasshopper egg pods. On finding a grasshopper eggmass, the larvae become immobile and spend the rest of their larval time as legless grubs. The next summer they pupate soon emerge as adults. Blister beetle populations follow closely the abundance of grasshoppers the year previous.
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