Meet the fascinating Brachinus, also known as the Bombardier Beetle!
This incredible creature boasts a unique defense mechanism that sets it apart from its peers. When threatened, the Bombardier Beetle has the extraordinary ability to create a chemical explosion within its own body. By combining two reactive compounds stored in specialized glands, it releases a hot and noxious spray towards its assailant, deterring predators with a loud pop and a burst of steam.
If you enjoy crowed control and burning bugs then this one is for you!
+ Explosive chemical spray
+ Good armour
+ Excellent accuracy & range
+ Can fly
+ Make excellent mercenaries
- Small numbers (smaller amount of individuals compared to other species)
- Weak bite
- Difficult diplomacy
- Weak during early stages
Egg: The life cycle begins when a female Bombardier Beetle lays eggs. The eggs are typically laid in or near suitable habitats, such as soil or decaying matter.
Larva: Once the eggs hatch, the Bombardier Beetle larvae emerge. The larvae are elongated, legless, and have soft bodies. They actively feed on organic matter, including plant material and small insects, growing and molting several times as they develop.
Pupa: After completing their growth, the larvae enter the pupal stage. Inside the protective pupal case, significant changes occur as the larvae transform into adults through a process called metamorphosis.
Adult: Finally, the fully developed adult Bombardier Beetle emerges from the pupal case. The adult beetle has hardened wings, a distinctive body shape, and the ability to fly. It is during this stage that the beetle can reproduce and continue the life cycle.
Typically they lay their eggs in crevices or hidden areas within the soil or near the organic material where the larvae can find ample food sources.
Adult Bombardier Beetles typically feed on plant materials and sometimes small insects.