Wildlife & Nature Blog; ha!
Bombardier beetles are ground-based beetles that come equipped with a
bizarre defense mechanism that, when bothered or pissed off, allows them
to eject an extremely hot, vapor-like chemical spray out from the tip
of their abdomen. Oh, it makes a popping sound, too. LOL!
This spray is due to a chemical reaction between hydrogen peroxide and
hydroquinone, which is stored in separate areas of the abdomen. This
creative beetle has a 3rd chamber that mixes this stuff with catalytic
enzymes and water. This crazed reaction not only produces the gas that
fuels the ejection, but it also heats up to nearly the boiling point of
water during the process. Any poor insect or tiny critters that get near
this beetle's butt, is just asking for death!
If you'd like a more elaborate explanation, go here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_beetle
Some people also use this beetle to defend the myths & legends of
ancient fire-breathing dragons, too. Of course, this bug also makes for
great debates when concerning certain aspects of the theory of evolution. If you'd rather read more about that, you can start here: https://answersingenesis.org/evidence-for-creation/design-in-nature/pygidial-gland-of-the-bombardier-beetle-brachinus-sp/
Anyway, I just thought I'd share this tidbit with the community today; cheers!
Image Credit: Is already provided in the Wiki link above.
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