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Subject: A black beetle with red spots
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
June 17, 2013 7:10 am
I saw this beetle while walking on a trail in a grassy field near Edmonton, Alberta in June 2013. There were two of them but one of the scurried off when I approached. This one was half burried in the sandy soil. The spots on the back caught my attention so I took a couple quick pictures and decided to look it up when I got home. Now I wish I had taken more pictures because not all parts are clearly vissible and I have not found any bugs quite like it. It looks like some of the darkling beetles but the pits on the back with the red spots seem to be uncommon. I am just curious to know what kind it is.
Signature: Jason

Fiery Hunter

Fiery Hunter

Dear Jason,
This is one of the Ground Beetles commonly called Caterpillar Hunters because both adults and larvae feed primarily upon caterpillars.  We are confident that we have correctly identified your Caterpillar Hunter as a Fiery Hunter,
Callisthenes calidus formerly Calosoma calidum, based on photos posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: Cicindela species
Location: Isanti County, MN
June 15, 2013 7:38 pm
I found this little guy today on a bug hunt, and I had never seen him before. I think I have him narrowed down to one of two species: C. hirticollis or C. tranquebarica. I’m leaning towards tranquebarica based on the environment he was scuttling through, but I wanted to see what you think.
Signature: Amber

Big Sands Tiger Beetle, perhaps

Big Sands Tiger Beetle, perhaps

Hi Amber,
Though you indicated that the environment was right, you didn’t specify what that environment was, so we cannot be certain.  We actually like the Big Sands Tiger Beetle,
Cicindela formosa, for a possible identification.  Bugguide indicates it prefers:  “Dry sandy areas: blowouts, dunes, roadsides.”  Minnesota is in the range.

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Subject: Soldier/Futuristic Robot Bug! Crazy moulter??
Location: Evanston, IL lakefront
May 23, 2013 7:13 am
Chicago suburb: Evanston, IL
Lakefront (Lake Michigan)
Dog beach
Small, I would say an inch or less than one inch long
Crazy looking!
Camouflage warrior hard shell on the outside & metallic green robo-bug on the inside (with wings) but did NOT seem to be a bug inside a bug, but rather one single bug that was alive.
Would love to know what this thing is!!
Thanks!
Signature: Izumi

Unidentified Tiger Beetle

Unidentified Tiger Beetle

Dear Izumi,
It might take us some time to identify this Tiger Beetle  in the subfamily Cicindelinae
that is missing an elytra.

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Subject: St. Anthony Dune Tiger Beetle (Cicindela arenicola)
Location: St. Anthony Dunes, Fremont County, Idaho
May 22, 2013 7:59 pm
I thought that you guys might enjoy a picture of this guy.
Signature: Dune Crawler

St Anthony Dune Tiger Beetle

St. Anthony Dune Tiger Beetle

Dear Dune Crawler,
This piebald beetle is a lovely species and your photograph is exemplary.  Thank you for providing us with our first photo of a St. Anthony Dune Tiger Beetle.
P.S.  We rotated your image a quarter of a turn counterclockwise so it would fit better on our site.

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Subject: Green beetle
Location: Montville, ME
May 21, 2013 6:31 am
Hi,
Found this beetle while hiking in Montville, Maine. I’ve seen these before, but mostly only on mountains!
Signature: Jasmine D.

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Hi Jasmine,
However did you get this fast running Six Spotted Tiger Beetle to stand still long enough to have photos taken?  They are also capable of taking to wing if threatened. 

It took me a while, but I picked it up carefully and when I covered it up with my hand it stopped moving for a few seconds, I think maybe the dark threw it off! Thank you! They’re so pretty!
Jasmine

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Subject: mystery blue bug
Location: tiverton, rhode island
May 16, 2013 6:31 am
Saw this bug on my deck on tuesday, may 14 and went to get my camera. When i returned it was gone. Saw it again Wednesday, may 15 in a small garden on the rough mulch dead. Perhaps came in on a southerly from some place tropical?
Signature: nature girl

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Dear Nature Girl,
The predatory Six Spotted Tiger Beetle,
Cicindela sexguttata, is native to Rhode Island, and Bugguide reports sightings in all states east of Texas.  This beautiful beetle runs quite fast and is also capable of flying.

wow! very exciting! thank you! bummer he is now deceased…..will watch for more

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