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How Many Have Ever Found a Bombardier Beetle?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chit Chat' started by ManlyMan7, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. ManlyMan7

    ManlyMan7 Member

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    I have ever wanted to find one of these, but had no idea what part of the world they live.

    Then one night two years ago, while sitting on the floor in my office/tarantula room in my basement, this little guy scurried across the carpet right in front of me.

    The video explains the rest.



    What I am curious to know is if anyone else has ever found one? Apparently they are fairly ubiquitous (save polar regions -- which I am not too far from in Saskatchewan, Canada).

    I would LOVE to find one again.
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    I should add here that I have had so many comment that I was being cruel to this insect by using hot glue to affix it to the swab stick. This was LOW-TEMPERATURE hot glue, meaning that it is still tacky to the touch when it is just warm. The beetle was not injured in this and I was able to release it just fine.
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    you're still cruel :p j/k.

    We called them farting beetles as kids. We had a willow grove on the other side of the neighbor's house where i grew up we would catch these in and make them "fart". Great memories, thanks for that! :D I haven't given these any thought as an adult. Unfortunately they bulldozed the willow grove back near my parents or i'd make a note to go looking again this spring to show my son. Now i'm curious if we can find any around here.
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    Interesting. Never knew those existed.
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    They are all over along the Hassayampa River here in AZ (and probably lots of other areas as well). They seem to like wet places.
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    kormath Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Yep, we'd catch them in the moist leaves at the base of the willow trees. Friend of mine has a some willows along a ditch bank in their back yard, have to go look there and see if we can find any :)
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    Haha! That's awesome! I've never seen one of these before, thanks for sharing!
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    Kole G Member

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    I found some of those when I was a kid. So there's some in canada! Found it under a rock or log I'm assuming

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