This affiliation reaches an excessive in Allendesalazaria nymphoides of north-west Africa. This reclusive species has, to this point, been recorded from localities in Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania (Bologna & Aberlenc 2002). It’s readily distinguished from different blister beetles by its much-reduced elytra that are oval and extensively separated from one another. It’s also distinguished by claws that lack the free decrease blade present in most different meloids (Bologna & Pinto 2002). Whether or not they produce the noxious chemical substances recognized from different members of their household, I have never discovered a document.
Allendesalazaria nymphoides develops within the nests of solitary burrowing bees of the genus Anthophora. Adults of A. nymphoides don’t feed, and by no means emerge from the nest during which they matured. As a substitute, they lay their very own eggs inside that very same nest. Dispersal is then left to the hatching larvae that (I presume) latch onto these rising bees that escaped their dad and mom’ depredations. Ultimately, the brand new technology of bees will set up nests of their very own. And once they do, the blister beetles can be prepared for them.
Bologna, M. A., & H.-P. Aberlenc. 2002. Allendesalazaria, un nouveau style de Meloidae pour la faune saharienne (Coleoptera). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 107 (2): 191–192.
Bologna, M. A., & J. D. Pinto. 2002. The Outdated World genera of Meloidae (Coleoptera): a key and synopsis. Journal of Pure Historical past 36 (17): 2013–2102.