bombardier beetle


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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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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.
Schulze-Makuch speculates that a larger, more complex alien creature, maybe resembling Earth's bombardier beetle, could use these microorganisms as a source of food and water.
Little Luna - Big Talent (9 /10): Bastei Entertainment has concocted a cute little app for kids that have them following a little bombardier beetle named Luna around her little world.
Wendelin Jan Stark, a professor at ETH University said that the research was inspired by the bombardier beetle, an insect that sprays its attackers with a chemical, created with the help of enzymes in its body, that can kill ants and intimidate frogs.
London, April 13 ( ANI ): Swiss engineers have taken inspiration from the bombardier beetle, which sprays attackers with a near-boiling concoction, and have developed a polymer-based substance that could be used to foil thieves who vandalize ATMs.
Famed naturalist Charles Darwin complained of a close encounter with a bombardier beetle (could%20not%20bear%20to%20give%20up%20either%20of%20my%20Carabi,%20&%20to%20lose%20PanagA[bar]us%20was%20out%20of%20the%20question,%20so%20that%20in%20despair%20I%20gently%20seized%20one%20of%20the%20carabi%20between%20my%20teeth,%20when%20to%20my%20unspeakable%20disgust%20&%20pain%20the%20little%20inconsiderate%20beast%20squirted%20his%20acid%20down%20my%20throat%20&%20I%20lost%20both%20Carabi%20&%20PanagA[bar]us) in an 1846 letter to English clergyman and naturalist Leonard Jenyns .
VISITORS: Pupils from St Thomas Of Canterbury Catholic Primary School in St Helens, and, top, a Bombardier Beetle
PulCheR (Pulsed Chemical Rocket with Green High Performance Propellants) is a new propulsion concept in which the propellants are fed in the combustion chamber at low pressure and the thrust is generated by means of high frequency pulses, reproducing the defence mechanism of a notable insect: the bombardier beetle.
To protect itself from enemies, a Bombardier Beetle shoots out a hot, poisonous liquid with a loud POP
2, is the brightly coloured bombardier beetle Pheropsophus africanus, which can fire a chemical blast from its posterior that irritates and discolours the skin in a manner similar to nitric acid.
Among his examples are the chemical defense of the bombardier beetle, the lungfish surviving without oxygen, jet propulsion, gecko feet, termite towers, fire and smoke detectors, and plant communication.
The Bombardier Beetle, glimpsed in episode one and seen in moredetail in episode six, is a case in point.