I just love your site. You have helped me identify dozens of bugs. I believe the picture I sent is of mating tiger beetles. We came across a bunch of them running around on a trail through a State Park in central Florida. Pic was taken in mid June of 2008. I’m just sending it for your buglove pages, as I don’t think I saw any there.
Jim from Everett, PA

Hi Jim,
We believe your mating Tiger Beetles are Cicindela hirtilabris, as pictured on BugGuide which states that it ranges in: “Peninsular Florida and extreme southeastern Georgia” and that it is “found commonly in dry white sand areas including trails, road edges, and open areas with sparse vegetation.” Another similar species found in the panhandle of Florida is Cicindela gratiosa, the Whitish Tiger Beetle.

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