No Common Name Pedilus terminalis (Say, 1827)  

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"Adults of many genera, notably Pedilus, are attracted to cantharidin (males seek out blister beetles, climb onto them and lick off the cantharidin the blister beetles exude and use the blistering agent to impress a female of their own species who then mates with them, whereupon most of the cantharidin is transfered to the female in the form of a sperm packet. The eggs the female subsequently lays are coated with cantharidin to protect them from being eaten before they hatch. -Jim McClarin, 26.iii.2006)" (BugGuide, 2006).

There are 5 records in the project database.

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A Pedilus terminalis in Harford Co., Maryland (4/14/2016). Photo by Shannon Schade. (MBP list)

A Pedilus terminalis in Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/15/2016). Photo by Steve Scholnick. (MBP list)

An adult male Pedilus terminalis in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/26/2015). Verified by dkyoung and V. Belov/BugGuide. Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

Male Pedilus terminalis feeding on the cantharidin exuded by the larger Meloe campanicollis in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/29/2007). Photo by Sara Tangren. (MBP list)

Male Pedilus terminalis feeding on the cantharidin exuded by the larger Meloe campanicollis in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/29/2007). Photo by Sara Tangren. (MBP list)


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