Copyright: Per Hoffmann Olsen

Lytta vesicatoria (Linnaeus, 1758)

Lytta vesicatoria

English:Spanish Fly
German:Spanischer Fliege
Danish:Spanske flue
Date:21/06/2009
Location:Austria, Niederösterreich, Niedersulz
 
Copyright:Per Hoffmann Olsen
Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:Sigma 150mm 1:2.8 APO Macro with 1.4 Teleconverter
 
Exposure:1/250
Aperture:f/5.6
ISO:320

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.

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