The blister beetle family includes about 2,500 species worldwide. Blister beetles have a chemical defense that causes temporary skin blisters, which gives them their name. They are generally characterized by an elongated abdomen, narrow and visible neck, square head bending downwards, and long mouthparts for nectar feeding. Different species vary in color, patterns, size, and shape.
Adults are attracted to light at night. Females lay eggs in the sand. Larvae crawl into crevices in search of grasshopper eggs, or find their way into bee nests to feed on immature bees and bee provisions. Blister beetles have four larval stages that last a whole year. Adults live for about three months.
Adults feed on nectar, pollen, and leaves. Larvae feed mainly on grasshopper eggs and immature bees.
Fields and desert margins in western Jordan, including Amman.