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  duang kon kradok

 

Excretes pederin, a highly irritating toxin that can cause severe blistering of the skin!

Thailand

A rove beetle. In Thai it is called duang kon kradok, meaning ‘tilted-ass beetle’, referring to this beetle's raised posterior.

 

Its scientifc name Paederus fuscipes refers to the fact that this beetle's haemo-lymph contains pederin, a potent toxin which is released when it is crushed against the skin, and which causes severe blistering. See also List of Thai Insect Names.

 

  duang kon kradok