Bombardier Beetle

The Bombardier Beetle is a ground beetle belonging to the Carabidae family. The species here is a common species found in Pakistan. It has black wing covers, each having two yellow patches and a yellow strip at the rear. The head, pronotum and antennae are of dark-red color. When threatened, the insect squirts an evil-smelling chemical stored in its body towards the enemy to protect itself. Some time children do a risky job, they catch it and touch its rear with their palm to get a red spot in the result of explosion. In domestic language Pashto it's known as Teaz Teazakye (explosion making beetle).

Bombardier Beetle
Bombardier Beetle
Bombardier Beetle
Bombardier Beetle

5 comments:

Muhammad khabbab said...

great shots.

B.Held said...

Fantastic use of colors and light. It’s exquisitely beautiful.

kanak7 said...

Great shots! I love the colours. I've never seen the Bombadier beetle in our area.

MObugs said...

What a pretty little beetle. We have some similar species here in Missouri, but ours aren't near as beautiful as yours!

Sivakumar V K said...

Dear Sir
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Sivakumar