Slap Not a Paederus Beetle
The Paederus beetle is under the rove beetle family. It is about 7 mm in length. It looks like an ant. Unlike other beetles, its wing covers are small. Its big transparent wings are neatly folded under its small wing covers. It can be seen in warm climate. It is positively phototactic (inclined to head towards sources of light) so it may fly into the house at night. Although it is a predatory insect, it neither bites nor stings humans. In fact it can eat some pests in the garden.

However its blood is poisonous. Skin contact with the fluid after injuring this insect will cause burns. Its Malay name is "semut kayap", literally shingles ant. Upon crushing it against the skin, immediately wash the affected area with water.

Posted: 2016-09-14 by Ong Seng Aun.
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