Brachinus adustipennis

Bombardier Beetle

Brachinus adustipennis, Bombardier Beetle

Family: Carabidae

Subfamily: Brachininae

Length: 6 to 10 mm


Bombardier Beetles (numerous species in several genera) counterattack against predators by ejecting a mixture of hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide, producing a noxious gas and an audible pop.

The map at the bottom of this page shows states with published records of Brachinus adustipennis colored in blue-green. This species has no records from Canada or Latin America.

Photo data: 25 July 2019. Pitkin, Vernon Parish, Louisiana. At the BugGuide annual gathering.

Image determined by Dr. Peter W. Messer.

Range map for Brachinus adustipennis