What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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.
Thanks!
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

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Korea

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