Wednesday, 7 September 2022

TOUGH ENOUGH

Ok it is tough enough day and today's creature is the Bombardier Beetle. This beetle carries the ingredients for a bomb in its bottom, what the hell. When its threatened , it mixes chemicals together to create an explosion making a large bang. Bombardier beetles are ground beetles in the tribes Brachinini, Paussini, Ozaenini, or Metriini—more than 500 species altogether—which are most notable for the defence mechanism that gives them their name: when disturbed, they eject a hot noxious chemical spray from the tip of the abdomen with a popping sound. These beetles tend to be very small in size, usually growing to be less than an inch (2.5 centimeters) long. Bombardier beetles can be found on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. More than 40 species of bombardier beetles are found in the United States. Each has blue elytra (wing coverings) and a reddish head and limbs. They are considered remarkable because of their ability to shoot a boiling, corrosive substance at predators.

3 comments:

Debby said...

I remember as a kid, we used to find these bugs - and we all just called them stink bugs. I wonder if they were beetles.

Margaret D said...

Interesting are these stink bombs.

Carol Kilgore said...

I've heard of these beetles, but I'm thankful I've never seen one.

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