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Subject: Tiger Beetle hunting behaviour?
Location: Short Hills Provincial Park, Thorold, Ontario
July 14, 2015 4:52 am
Hi WTB!
I thought you might like these pictures of tiger beetles I took at Short Hills Provincial Park. I like how one is a brilliant green and the other is a more sapphire colour. I noticed both beetles making a pose where they leaned back, almost as if to get a better view of their surroundings. Do you know if that’s a hunting behaviour or perhaps a reaction to my presence?
It was a very colourful day for bugs, as you can see — I was also able to see many Ebony Jewelwings, and they exhibited a similar range of colours. Some were a lighter aquamarine colour, and some, like the last picture provided, were more of an indigo colour.
Anyway, I love your site, and hope you enjoy these pictures even if you don’t post them. Thank you for the great service you provide :)
Signature: Brad

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Dear Brad,
Your Tiger Beetle images are beautiful.  The green individual is a Six Spotted Tiger Beetle, and according to BugGuide, it is described as:  “Brilliant green coloration with six white spots distinctive. Occasional variation: bluish overall color, or spots missing.”  That could mean that both of your images are the same species.  Tiger Beetles are excellent hunters with good eyesight, and they are quite wary of people, so we are uncertain if the behavior you witnessed is typical hunting behavior or the result of sensing a large human nearby.  We will create a separate posting for your Ebony Jewelwing image.

Tiger Beetle

Tiger Beetle

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Subject: What is that bug?
Location: Southern Ohio
April 17, 2015 5:52 pm
My daughter found a squished bug and wants to know what it’s called.
Thank you for your time
Signature: Leah’s Mom

Squished Tiger Beetle

Squished Tiger Beetle

Dear Leah’s Mom,
Leah found a Tiger Beetle, and in our opinion, living Tiger Beetles are much more beautiful than squished ones.  Many species of Tiger Beetles have beautiful metallic elytra.  Tiger Beetles are fast running predators that can also take to the air to avoid predators.

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Subject: Green and red metallic beetle?
Location: Warm wet area/ texas
October 6, 2014 8:49 pm
I found this bug in my living room. It had a black body with yellow legs and the body color in a flashlight is a emerald color. I hit it really hard on the floor with a thick hard yellow pages book. And when I thought I killed it, it took off running really fast and hid behind my TV Stand table. I got this really powerful roach and beetle killer but the insect didn’t die and kept running until it slowed down 8 minutes later. Please help.
Signature: Brook

image too blurry

Here is a better picture.

Tiger Beetle, we suppose

Tiger Beetle, we suppose

Dear Brook,
This might be a Tiger Beetle, and in our opinion, these beautiful beetles, which you observed look like emeralds, are much more attractive alive than dead.

 

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Subject: green spotted beetle
Location: ede, Netherlands
May 3, 2014 6:22 pm
My son lives in ede, Netherlands and took this picture. Can you help identify it! Flies and climbs up and down trees.
Signature: svenskalinda

Tiger Beetle

Tiger Beetle

Dear svenskalinda,
This is a Tiger Beetle in the subfamily Cicindelinae, but we are not certain of the species.

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Subject: Beetles Matting?
Location: S.E. British Columbia Canada
April 15, 2014 8:14 pm
Observed these two beetles when looking for spring flowers. They were in a grass meadow, Douglas Fir forest at the headwaters of the Columbia River, Invermere, BC Canada. Date was April 13, 2014
Signature: Larry Halverson

Mating Tiger Beetles

Mating Cow Patch Tiger Beetles

Hi Larry,
These are mating Tiger Beetles in the subfamily Cicindelinae, probably in the genus
Cicindela.  We will continue to attempt a species identification, but as you can see from BugGuide, there are many similar looking species.  Tiger Beetles are adept predators that run down their prey, though they are also capable of flight.

Thank you for your quick response. What a  wonderful service you offer.
Larry

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Subject: Fast Metallic insect
Location: Coastal Texas. More specifically, Port Comfort.
September 28, 2013 12:19 pm
Unfortunately, I had to pin this amazing guy for a project. He is a metallic green with some purplish in the center, and has beige eye spots and legs. I thought he would be an easy catch. I was absolutely wrong. This was probably one of the hardest ones I’ve caught, because of his size, speed, and determination to not give up. Took about 4 minutes of *almost* catching him, I finally got him. Then, moving him into my kill jar, he got out and it was another 5 minute chase around my house. After about 5 hours, I tried to move him out to pin. Turns out I forgot alcohol and he was still alive. Fast forward 3 minutes and another 5 hours (with alcohol) and here he is. Hope you can I.D. him.
Signature: Insect Chaser

Tiger Beetle

Possibly Carolina Tiger Beetle

Dear Insect Chaser,
We found your letter very amusing, though we are saddened that this lovely Tiger Beetle has ended its life as a part of a collection that will most likely be discarded after you receive a grade.  We scanned the possible species on BugGuide, but our quick search did not produce a species match.

Update:  Carolina Tiger Beetle perhaps
Shortly after posting, we realized this might be a Carolina Tiger Beetle,
Tetracha carolina, which BugGuide describes as:  “dorsal surface glossy metallic green, often mixed with red or purple; large cream-colored spots (apical lunules) at apex of elytra.”

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