Bombardier beetle

Definition of Bombardier beetle

(Zool.) a kind of beetle (Brachinus crepitans), so called because, when disturbed, it makes an explosive discharge of a pungent and acrid vapor from its anal glands. The name is applied to other related species, as the Brachinus displosor, which can produce ten or twelve explosions successively. The common American species is Brachinus fumans.

See also: Bombardier

Related Words

Brachinus, carabid beetle, genus Brachinus, ground beetle
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