James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 3/13/09. © Peter J. Bryant.

Red-eared Blister Beetle

Lytta auriculata

Coleoptera: Meloidae

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Irvine Regional Park, Orange, Orange County, CA. 4-16-10. © Ron Hemberger

Peters Canyon, Orange, Orange County, CA. 4-28-08. © Ron Hemberger.

Irvine Regional Park, Orange, Orange County, CA. 4-23-10. © Ron Hemberger

Irvine Regional Park, Orange, Orange County, CA. 4-23-10. © Ron Hemberger

Mating pair. Coachwhip Canyon, Anza Borrego State Park. 3/4/09. © Peter J. Bryant.

Irvine Regional Park, Orange, Orange County, CA. 3-30-10. © Ron Hemberger

Irvine Regional Park, Orange, Orange County, CA. 3-30-10. © Ron Hemberger

Associated with (being attacked by?) Aoplonema nigrum. Irvine Regional Park, Orange, Orange County, CA. 3-30-10. © Ron Hemberger

Associated with (being attacked by?) Aoplonema nigrum. Irvine Regional Park, Orange, Orange County, CA. 3-30-10. © Ron Hemberger

Mating pair. Irvine Regional Park, Orange, Orange County, CA. 4-23-10. © Ron Hemberger

Mating pair associated with (being attacked by?) Aoplonema nigrum. Irvine Regional Park, Orange, Orange County, CA. 3-30-10. © Ron Hemberger

Mating pair associated with (being attacked by?) Aoplonema nigrum. Irvine Regional Park, Orange, Orange County, CA. 3-30-10. © Ron Hemberger