The Bombardier Beetle is a black and brown ground beetle belonging to the Carabidae family. It is most notable for the defense mechanism that gives them their name.

When threatened, the Bombardier Beetle ejects a boiling noxious chemical spray from the tip of their abdomen with a popping sound.

Bombardier Beetles inhabit all the continents except Antarctica. They typically live in woodlands or grasslands in the temperate zones but can be found in other environments if there are moist places to lay their eggs.

Bug Facts

  • Scientific Name: Pheropsophus verticalis
  • Size: 12 to 18 mm (0.5 to 0.7 in)
  • Diet: Other small insects