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More tiger beetles




You might recall a post I made last December showing the bright iridescent venter of a tiger beetle. Since it's spring now, and Cicindela limbalis (green margined tiger beetle) is one of the early risers around here, I figured I'd share what their dorsum looks like too Wink

This guy was on the roof of my storage shed; I didn't expect to see it there at all!





4 blog comments below

Excellent shot Ank!

I don't think I've ever seen one of these, very interesting insect. The close ups of insects are always very cool to look at!
Ghost Rider103 on Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:20 am
Thanks, GR.
They tend to prefer sandy or slightly rocky open areas, with some species preferring riverbanks and the like. They're diurnal, so active when you're likely to be active outside too... but they're quick runners and fliers. Often of you're walking down a dirt path or something, if you're paying attention, you'll see them suddenly fly forward ahead of you, landing a short distance away. Their eyesight is very good though, so they're hard to get close to.
Ankhanu on Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:24 pm
Wow, close up; it looks kinda ferocious LOL
darthrevan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:37 am
They're pretty active predators, and, if you mishandle them, can deliver a pretty strong bite with those big ol' mandibles Smile
Ankhanu on Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:38 am



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