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bombardier beetle

n.
Any of various carabid beetles of the subfamily Brachininae that eject a hot, acrid spray from the abdomen when disturbed, making a popping sound.

bombardier′ bee`tle


n.
any ground beetle of the genus Brachinus, which ejects a puff of volatile fluid from its abdomen with a popping sound when disturbed.
[1795–1805]
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Noun1.bombardier beetle - beetle that ejects audibly a pungent vapor when disturbedbombardier beetle - beetle that ejects audibly a pungent vapor when disturbed
carabid beetle, ground beetle - predacious shining black or metallic terrestrial beetle that destroys many injurious insects
Brachinus, genus Brachinus - bombardier beetles
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Another toad species (Anaxyrus americanus) preys upon bombardier beetles (Carabidae) despite the potent chemical defenses of those beetles.
BOMBARDIER BEETLES carry explo-sive chemicals in their abdomens, which only mix together when the beetles are provoked.
Some beetles can be poisonous like bombardier beetles.
The quinones produced by some bombardier beetles are the result of exothermic reactions that increase the temperature of the secretion to 100 [degrees]C (Eisner, 2003).
Most bombardier beetles exist in the family Carabidae, and within that family are three subfamilies: Brachinae, Metriinae, and Paussinae (Aneshansley et al.
Now chemical ecologist Thomas Eisner of Cornell University and his colleagues have discovered that some species of bombardier beetles deliver their defensive spray in trains of millisecond-length pulses, rather than in continuous streams.
BO B MBARDIER BOMBARDIER BEETLES carry explo-sive carry explo-sive chemicals in their abdomens, which only mix together when the beetles are provoked.
Once home I did a long online search to see what happened and discovered that the Bombardier beetle is a docile insect unless it feels threatened and then it releases a chemical combination of Hydrogen Peroxide and Hydroquinone in rapid bursts.