The Bombardier Beetle

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The bombardier beetle combines hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide within its abdomen, heating the mixture to near-boiling temperatures, and ejecting it toward potential threats. This compound is fatal for other insects, and is still very painful for humans.

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