Bombardier Beetle

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Bombardier Beetle, a beetle named for its unique method of defense. When pursued, it discharges a toxic fluid from glands at the base of the abdomen. The liquid instantly vaporizes into a fine mist that lands on the predator, allowing the beetle to escape as the predator tries to cleanse itself of it. Bombardier beetles are light to dark blue. The head, antennae, and legs are brownish-yellow. Bombardier beetles live on the ground and eat pollen, berries, and seeds.


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