What puts the ‘bomb’ in bombardier beetle? | Natural History Museum


From spikes to camoflage to detachable tails animals protect themselves in a wide range of ways One type of beetle takes it to the next level: it packs a boiling explosive punch There are around 400,000
species of beetle, and one group,
the bombardier beetles, have devised one of the most interesting
defence strategies in the animal kingdom. They are small beetles
that live in the leaf litter and under stones, and they may be attacked by animals
such as toads and shrews. And when they feel under threat they combine two chemicals
together in a chamber in the back-end of their abdomen, which causes an explosion
and a cloud of noxious gas, that might be up to
100 degrees Celsius, explodes out of the back-end
of the beetle, into the face of the toad or shrew or whatever small animal is threatening it.

3 thoughts on “What puts the ‘bomb’ in bombardier beetle? | Natural History Museum

  1. Can you guys turn the song volume down a bit? Hearing what scientists have to say is more important!
    Keep up with the good work!

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