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April 2, 2011

Bombardier Beetle — Engine of natural destruction

A fantastic natural engine of destruction, this insect creates a zone of exclusion around itself via a highly sophisticated combination of boiling hot, caustic chemicals (hydroxyquinone and hydrogen peroxide) mixed just before use in conjunction with a highly accurate targeting and delivery mechanism.

See for yourself.

Biologist Thomas Eisner, who died last week at 81 — and who, along with his Cornell University colleague Jerrold Meinwold is considered the father of the field now known as chemical ecology — discovered and reported the details of precisely how the bombardier beetle does what it does.

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Interesting beetle, and thanks for posting the videos, but did you actually watch them? The second video veers off into complete intellectual bankruptcy at the end.

Posted by: Tim | Apr 3, 2011 4:38:04 AM

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