Invertebrates – Bombardier Beetle
Tuesday, November 1st, 2022
Bombardier beetles have the infamous ability to synthesize and release rapid bursts of stinky, burning-hot liquid from their rear ends. These noxious emissions can kill other insects, or startle potential into backing off. These chemical “bombs” are the source of their name: Bombardier beetles. But there’s not just one type. In fact, there are over 500 species of Bombardier beetles around the planet, many in the genus Brachinus, and more than 40 species in the United States alone.