English:Lytta spanishfly
German:Spanische Fliege
Danish:Spansk flue
Location:Austria, Niederösterreich, Niedersulz
Copyright:Per Hoffmann Olsen
Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:Sigma 150mm 1:2.8 APO Macro with 1.4 Teleconverter

The Spanish Fly is well known throughout history as an supposed aphrodisiac, which should arouse sexually. The Cantharidin secretions, only contained in the males of Lytta vesicatoria, is very poisonous - even stronger than strychnine, which has led to several deaths.

Lytta vesicatoria

By the way, the Latin name Lytta means something in the direction of: raging madness.

This is a female.

Same species

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