Can ground beetles shoot fire?

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Can ground beetles shoot fire?

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answered May 29 by fudgebudge (7,420 points)
Ground beetles of the bombardier beetle species do shoot fire which they do to defend themselves.

The bombardier beetle shoots boiling hot fluid at their attackers and is how they defend themselves.

Ground beetle eggs look small, white and oval shaped which are often laid on soil, leaves or within soil or mulch.

Ground beetles are fast and can reach speeds of up to 5.6 mph.

A ground beetle is as fast as 5.6 mph and can run swiftly to catch their prey.

Animals that eat ground beetles are spiders, ants, lizards, toads, birds, moles, ground feeding birds, shrews and even other beetles.

Ground beetles are not poisonous to dogs, cats humans or other pets and they are not known to cause any diseases, although they can bite and pinch if threatened but rarely do.

If a dog or cat ingests the ground beetle they also do not cause any harm other than a possible upset stomach.

Ground beetles feed on various pests and insects including caterpillars, aphids and many other insects and they also hunt and kill their prey on sight.

Ground beetles can control other populations of other insects and act as natural pest control although ground beetles when they get into homes can become pests themselves but they are very beneficial outside and do not damage to buildings, homes etc.

Ground beetles are attracted to bright light including yellow light as well as earthworms, pupae, fly maggots, other beetles, grubs and caterpillars and perennial vegetables like rhubarb, asparagus and vigorous perennial flowers and herbs.

Ground beetles are not harmful to humans or pets and ground beetles also do not harm or damage household structures, furniture etc.

When exposed the ground beetles will move quickly to find shelter and rarely fly.

Outdoors ground beetles are actually beneficial as they feed on insect larvae.

Ground beetles are a large, cosmopolitan family of beetles, the Carabidae, with more than 40,000 species worldwide, around 2,000 of which are found in North America and 2,700 in Europe.

The ground beetle is one of the 10 most species-rich animal families and they also belong to the Adephaga.

Ground beetles do not damage buildings, food or clothing. They are not harmful to people.

If ground beetles are mishandled, they could pinch the skin.

The ground beetles are just a nuisance when they are found indoors.

Ground beetles are attracted to bright lights.

If you have any outdoor lighting on a porch or driveway near entry points like open windows and doors, this can create a hotspot for beetle activity.

Beetles and ground beetles are more active at night, making white and yellow lights all the more alluring.

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