alexa How some beetles produce a scalding defensive spray

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How some beetles produce a scalding defensive spray

Bombardier beetles, which exist on every continent except Antarctica, have a pretty easy life. Virtually no other animals prey on them, because of one particularly effective defense mechanism: When disturbed or attacked, the beetles produce an internal chemical explosion in their abdomen and then expel a jet of boiling, irritating liquid toward their attackers.Researchers had been baffled by the half-inch beetles' ability to produce this noxious spray while avoiding any physical damage.

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