Interesting, and scary, beetle.
Location: Gyeonggi-do Province, Gwangu City, South Korea
May 22, 2011 8:50 am
Dear Whats that Bug,
I stumbled on this ’little’ guy while I was testing an old lens near a large stream. It landed about 3 meters away.
Very very fast moving as well (it scurried a good 5 feet in less than a second). Also quite big. I think it measures to about the length of a 50 cent piece.
Anyways once I saw those mandibles I stayed my distance. I’m guessing it is a male by their size, but they just small enough to be functional. The white on red and black didn’t look particularly pleasant either.
Signature: Ben, South Korea

Japanese Tiger Beetle

Hi Ben,
This magnificent creature is a predatory Japanese Tiger Beetle,
Cicindela japonica.  We don’t believe you need to fear any bodily harm because of encountering this nor any other Tiger Beetle.

Japanese Tiger Beetle

Location: Korea

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