Table I

Beetie Families of Medical/Veterinary Importance, Listed in Order of Relative Importance

Family

Common name

Clinical importance

Meloidae

Blister beedes

Cause eye irritation and blisters on skin; can poison and kill horses that ingest them.

Staphylinidae

Rove beetles

Paederine species cause skin and eye lesions and can poison livestock that ingest them; large species are known to bite humans; species attracted to dung feed on fly eggs, larvae, and pupae and are thereby beneficial in reducing pestiferous fly populations.

Scarabaeidae

Dung beetles and chafers

Spines cause irritation when adults enter ears; intermediate hosts of helminths; dung feeders are potential disseminators of pathogens; some dung feeders are beneficial in removing dung that is the source of pestiferous flies and that is infested with intermediate stages of vertebrate worm parasites.

Tenebrionidae

Darkling beetles and grain

Cause skin and eye irritation; larvae and adults contain inhalational allergens; grain-

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