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Bombardier Beetle (Brachinus crepitans) photgraphed on a white background in mobile field studio. Named after their highly-developed defence mechanism, involving a violent emission of hot toxic chemicals from the pygidium, giving them time to escape. This defensive blast can prove fatal to an attacking invertebrate predator. The beetles aposematic markings warn of its powerful defence mechanism. Somerset, UK. June.