129: Bombardier Beetles

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129: Bombardier Beetles

This hard to stop insect can shoot a caustic mix 212 degree chemicals out of it’s abdomen at 500 times a second. Seriously!

Trace shares some super cool facts about this little bug.

image: Patrick Coin ( wikimedia)

Great video of a variety of beetles using chemical warfare from BBC Earth!

Science Magazine: Japanese toad vs. Bombardier Beetle

Here’s a cool view of what’s happening INSIDE the Bombardier Beetle’s abdomen from A team of researchers at MIT, The university of Arizona, and Brookhaven Labs. 

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