Spanish Fly (Lytta vesicatoria) : : one of a number of species that are collectively called blister beetles; it and other such species were used in preparations offered by traditional apothecaries. The perceived aphrodisiac properties of L. vesicatoria and its dried cantharides, are a result of its toxicology, specifically, irritant effects it has upon the body's genitourinary track; views of this property are anachronistic alongside modern statements saying the effect is just painful.
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Our new Content Highlight is about beautiful, but deadly beetle. Did you know that in the past powder from Spanish fly had been used by women to abort pregnancy? Spanish fly is a 2 cm long metallic green beetle of Meloidae family (Blister Beetles). It can be found primarily in warm climates in Europe and Asia. This beetle feeds on leaves of ash, privet and others deciduous trees. Spanish fly has a very complicated development, going through several larval stages which parasitize on solitary…