Lytta vesicatoria (Linnaeus, 1758)
|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.
By the way, the Latin name Lytta means something in the direction of: raging madness.
This is a female.