bombardier beetle


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beetle that ejects audibly a pungent vapor when disturbed

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Some beetles can be poisonous like bombardier beetles.
Ruud's travels will take him everywhere: He will cross paths with one of nature's most accomplished marksmen, the bombardier beetle, as it fires boiling hot, toxic fluid at predators in Africa.
The bombardier beetle has been a subject of interest for many years.
The structure of the defense system of the bombardier beetle is complex, consisting of twin, bilateral sets of secretory lobes, which connect via long tubes to collecting reservoirs, (each of which is surrounded by a thin layer of muscle).
When the bombardier beetle is threatened (such as with a bite on the limb) it contracts its collection reservoirs, moving the hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinones into the reaction chamber through the valves.
Engineers looking for ways to re-ignite failed jet engines are studying the unique defence system of the bombardier beetle.
The rare bombardier beetle carries different explosive chemicals around in its abdomen, which only mix together when the beetle is provoked.
When another creature yanks on one of its legs or antennae, a bombardier beetle contracts muscles in glands that store chemical reactants in separate compartments.
Now chemical ecologist Thomas Eisner of Cornell University and his colleagues have discovered that some species of bombardier beetles deliver their defensive spray in trains of millisecond-length pulses, rather than in continuous streams.
The Bombardier beetle can shoot boiling hot chemicals at predators as a defence mechanism.
Some specific topics include biomimetics of gecko locomotion, a spray system inspired by the bombardier beetle, the golden ratio in fluid dynamics, and dissipative structures in nature and human systems.
BOMBARDIER BEETLES carry explo-sive chemicals in their abdomens, which only mix together when the beetles are provoked.
BO B MBARDIER BOMBARDIER BEETLES carry explo-sive carry explo-sive chemicals in their abdomens, which only mix together when the beetles are provoked.