bombardier beetle

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bombardier beetle (plural bombardier beetles)

  1. A beetle whose defence mechanism enables it to eject a hot aqueous mixture of chemicals at predators. They come from a number of subfamilies: Carabinae (e.g., Brachinus crepitans), Metriinae (e.g., Stenaptinus insignis) and Paussinae (e.g., Goniotropis nicaraguensis).

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An American bombardier beetle, Brachinus sp.