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False bombardier beetle  - Galerita bicolor

False bombardier beetle - Galerita bicolor
Roswell, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
April 1, 2018
I found this on my carpet this morning and shared this iPhone 6 photo on the BugGuide page on Facebook, and one kind person ID'd and two confirmed that it's the False bombardier beetle. One wrote this: "Like Bombardier beetles, they possess a formidable defense, of a noxious discharge that can burn the skin! Bombardier beetles have the ability to spray a liquid that is chemically heated to near boiling temperatures!!" I'm glad it didn't perceive me as a threat as I picked it up with a tissue and released it outside. Another person wrote that it smells like BBQ sauce. I'm glad, too, that I didn't bend down all the way to smell it.

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