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Beetles in BC Interior hay - Update ID as non-toxic

Gloria Stelting
Created: June 21, 2014
Modified: December 1, 2014

Blister Beetles are native to US PNW & reported in AB

My neighbour & I, are finding dead beetles in multiple bales of the same 2013 crop brome-alfalfa mix hay. This hay was grown in Lumby, BC.

Anyone else noticed beetles? If you do, I discovered the lab to get them identified. (see below)

UPDATE July 3, 2014.
Paid for Identification of the beetles by a provincial entomologist. Submitted to the BC Ministry of Agriculture Plant & Animal Health Lab in Abbotsford. (red buildings visible from Hwy 1)

Report identified these particular beetles as non-toxic Carabus nemoralis and Carabus granulatus.

This is lucky! BC horse owners should be aware BLISTER BEETLES MAY BE POSSIBLE IN HAY SOLD IN BC. A few species of Blister Beetles are known to be NATIVE to the Pacific North West of the US. Blister Beetles have been found in southern ALBERTA 2004 - 2010; in Washington & Idaho in 2012.

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