Meet The B-17 Of The Bug World, The Bombardier Beetle

One thing you don’t want to do if you encounter a Bombardier Beetle is give it the idea that you are threat to it. Why? Because you don’t want to be sprayed by this little beast’s machine guns.

Oops, wrong Beetle. (Photo by Scott Umstattd on Unsplash)

Machine guns on a bug? That’s right, as Apologetics Press’ Eric Lyons explains in the following video, this bug resembles the famous B-17 “Flying Fortress” of WW II in having a swivel turret with double guns that fire a 212 degree chemical mixture at long distance against its enemies with tremendous accuracy.

No, I am not making this up. The bug has only two guns whereas the Fortress had, depending on the model, between 8 and 11 defensive machine guns. But, as Lyons explains, evolution cannot explain how the bug got here with such a fine defensive mechanism:


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10 thoughts on “Meet The B-17 Of The Bug World, The Bombardier Beetle”

  1. Mark:
    It seems the local ISP, Optimum/Cablevision, now owned by Altice, doesn’t “recognize” the gmail address to request WTIP.
    Is that formatting, or something less savory?
    Thank you!

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  2. Why would a creator want to make such a thing?

    Or to ask a simpler question, biting insects damage the lives of many, both people and animals.

    All God would have to have done to make everyone’s lives better is not to create those evil creatures.

    Why were they created?

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    1. Great question, David, whether you think God created them or they are the product of an evolutionary process. Since the latter preserves changes that contribute to survival it makes sense that such a feature would reappear, but how did it appear in the first place? Great question.

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    2. I feel we are here as part of a learning and testing process. A ‘touchstone’ will not be enough, we will be tested by the refiner’s fire. It is so easy to avoid. Mere repentance will save but many sneer at that. Only love and secret prayer would help those.

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  3. The God of the Gaps Fallacy is, in my opinion, on of the worst theological mistakes. It shoves God into the corner’s of human ignorance that gets smaller and smaller over time. It is bad apologetics and incorrect theology. Human ignorance is not proof of God and God exists as much were we understand as where we don’t. The Galapagos finches are as much the work of God and the universe he created as the Bombardier beetle. That we can understand the changes in one, and don’t have all the answers to the changes in the other doesn’t have anything to do with proving God or what methods he might choose to use.

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  4. Evolution – which is God’s way of doing things – has come up with critters far more weird than the bombardier beetle – which is just as dangerous at the other end – think ‘tail gunner’.

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  5. As Robert Felix [iceagenow.info] said, “Nature rolls the dice!”
    Dramatic changes in the environment cause dramatic mutations, and then the creatures have to figure out how to get along with what they became….
    One of my favorites, feom a few years ago, was a “dinosaur,” the Giraffotitan!
    … for those late to the party, the terms shifted in the past decade or so, to “non-avian dinosaurs,’ reflecting the revised view that the Birds are the surviving clade of the dinosaurs, which were *never* reptilian …!
    Whatever one’s beliefs, Nature is fascinating!

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