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Epicauta chinensis blister beetle

Epicauta chinensis blister beetle

By studying both males and females at various instar stages of Epicauta chinensis blister beetles, researchers in China found evidence that an enzyme known as HMGR is involved in production of cantharidin, the defensive, blister-causing toxin that gives the beetles their common name. (Photo credit: Yalin Zhang, Ph.D.)

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