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  • False Bombardier Beetle - (Galerita sp.)

    False Bombardier Beetle - (Galerita sp.)

    Though they look like their explosive cousins, False Bombardier Beetles don't have any firepower.

    Picture of False Bombardier Beetle
    Staff Writer (11/12/2014): The False Bombardier Beetle is described more by what it cannot do than by what it can. True to its name, this beetle greatly resembles beetles that can fire pulses of hot chemicals at perceived threats (including humans), but it does not share in that remarkable defensive mechanism. This makes it a mimic. Thanks to the reputation of its dangerous look-a-like, the False Bombardier Beetle may be less preyed upon.

    This species is a member of the Ground Beetle family which is large and diverse. They can be found in woodlands, backyards and moist areas. They meander along rocks, logs and leaf litter, and may be active at night as well as daytime.

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    False Bombardier Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: False Bombardier Beetle
    Scientific Name: Galerita sp.
    Other Names: Slender Ground Beetle

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Carabidae
           Genus: Galerita
            Species: sp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 17mm to 25mm (0.67in to 0.98in)

    Identifying Colors: black, orange

    Additional Descriptors: ridged, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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