“Brave Bombardiers”  by Celia Berrell 

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Don’t mess
with those bombardier beetles
gathered in groups
in a world of woods.
This warning’s for ants,
frogs and people:
THEY’RE HIDING A CANNON
INSIDE THEIR CABOOSE!
This chamber of secrets?
A chemistry lab,
cooking up bombs
in their abdomen.
Steaming-hot acid,
fired out in zaps.
Toxic and boiling,
again and again.
They’ll twist round their torsos
well enough
to aim at whatever
caused them to huff.
But their tail-end skin
must be really tough …
or their rears would be hurting
when squirting that stuff!
Bombadier Beetle

https://www.wired.com/2014/05/absurd-creature-of-the-week-bombardier-beetle/

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