It has been collected from all eastern states west to, and including, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. The striped blister beetle, Epicauta vittata Fabriciusshowing the three black stripes on the elytra found on southern United States populations. They parasitize Hymenoptera Apoidea and sometimes grasshoppers Acridoidea; Bologna et al. Overwintering also may occur in the fifth instar, followed by pupation in the spring. During the heat of mid-day it seeks shelter, and in hot, dry climates it may only be active in the evening.
It is black and yellow, its color pattern varying across its geographical range.
Striped Blister Beetle, Epicauta vittata (Fabricius) (Coleoptera: Meloidae)1