Ground Beetle from Saudi Arabia

Subject: Bombardier Beetle
Location: Madinah/Saudi Arabia
June 16, 2014 5:18 am
I’ve found this beetle roaming near the house at night, when held in a napkin it squirted a yellowish substance making a strange sound -almost like a high pitched or a whistle sound-
After a little bit of searching I’m almost certain that it’s from the Pherosophus family.
Can you give me a more accurate Identification of the specimen?
Thank you.
Signature: M.A

Ground Beetle
Ground Beetle

Dear M.A.,
We agree that this sure looks like a Ground Beetle in the genus
Pherosophus, based on this image that we located online at

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