mr. BeetLe

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Small but terrible! The bombardier beetle, though less than an inch in length is noted for its unique defense mechanism. When threatened, the insect sprays boiling, foul-smelling liquid and steam from its posterior, warding off spiders, birds, and even frogs. The beetle is equipped with "a pair of glands which open at the tip of its abdomen." Each of these has a reservoir that stores an acidic compound and hydrogen peroxide as well as a reaction chamber filled with enzymes dissolved in water. To protect itself, the insect can squeeze the solution from the reservoirs into the reaction chambers to trigger a chemical reaction. The result? Noxious chemicals, water, and steam- at a temperature of about 212 degrees fahrenheit are sprayed onto an attacker.

Researchers have studied the bombardier beetle to learn how to develop more effective and ecologically-sound mist systems. Engineers hope to use spray technology based on the bombardier beetle in car engines and fire extinguishers, as well as in medical drug-delivery devices such as inhalers.

So friends, never underestimate these beautiful tiny creatures. Hmmm... by the way, are you thinking what I'm thinking? Humans have their own defense mechanism too, actually they have two. That's the KK power and the ut0t LOL! PEACE!!!