Bombarding Beetle


OM Slegripper Style


1 ft high, 3 ft long.


15 lbs.

Number In Swarm:





Bombardier Beetle, Pillbug,

Bombarding Beetles are an example of Genome Inc. insect creations, and their habitat spans across warm areas.

Description Edit

They are quite simple in appearance, looking like a grey Bombardier Beetle with a bloated abdomen.

Abilities Edit

They can roll around to move (keeping the abdomen exposed as little as possible), and can use chemicals in their bodies to cause them to explode. In other terms, they're like a bunch of rolling grenades just waiting to blow.

Weaknesses Edit

Studies into their explosive nature has shown that these bugs are volatile, and that their attack has low range of effect. They also appear to be swayed by pheromones. Since they are volitle they can start chain reactions if one is killed by something early on; it will explode, causing others to, which causes even more to explode. Since they are grenades and have a one time use they do not fair well against multiple targets. Studies have also shown these animals can not climb.

Ecology Edit

Behavior Edit

At first it was not understood as to why this species of insect would do this kamikaze act. It was never a defense, considering it kills the creature, and also because they would actively go out and blow themselves up. Later studies showed that for every lost beetle, five eggs would be laid in the kill; and that the kill was eaten by the others. A few would die so that reproduction could happen.

Habitat Edit

As long as the climate maintains a bare minimum of 47'F, you'll find Bombarding Beetles. Just as many have been found in deserts as in tropical rain forests. Humidity dosn't bother them in the slightest.

Reproduction and Feeding Edit

Studies have shown that Bombarding beetles eat the kills from others. They are immune to the acid that is on the kill, that actually killed the prey. It has been hypothosised that the acid is somewhat transfered to others. Studies have also shown that the beetles that use their lives to make the kill have already spread their genes. They have either impregnated a female, or they have laid eggs on an already made kill.