Self Defense

David Attenborough Discovers Bug's BRUTAL Self-Defence Mechanism | Micro Monsters

A praying mantis makes the foolhardy choice to take on a bombadier beetle – only to find themselves faced with a nasty surprise…

Bombadier beetles are ground beetles well known for their unusual defense mechanism: when attacked or cornered they can release a noxious chemical spray from the abdomen. This spray can be close in temperature to boiling water and often proves fatal to attacking insects, although some praying mantis are big enough to take on the Bombadier beetle and survive.

From Micro Monsters with David Attenborough Season 1 Episode 1, “Conflict”: Right beneath our feet is a secret world of disguise and espionage, social networking and courtship, rape and pillage, parenthood and relationships. Sir David Attenborough investigates how macroscopic residents outwit their enemies to survive.

Micro Monsters is a series narrated and hosted by Sir David Attenborough, who takes viewers deep into the world of bugs. Pioneering macroscopic techniques allow Attenborough to explore in unparalleled detail the intricate, sophisticated behaviours of fascinating creatures and the complexity of the environments they build and inhabit, in a world normally hidden from the human eye. Each of the three episodes explore a different aspect of the little-known lives of insects, from the deceptive defensive mechanisms harboured by spiders and scorpions, to the creation of colonies and how social arrangements develop.

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