Subject: beetle ID
Geographic location of the bug: Banks of Green River in western washington, near Auburn Washington
Time: 04:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Found this little guy on the bank of the green river in western Washington (June). Runs very fast, I only got picture while one was stopped. Appears to be tan or gold. What is it?
How you want your letter signed: Larry Silsbee
This is a beneficial, predatory Tiger Beetle in the subfamily Cicindelinae, and based on images posted to The Xerces Society and BugGuide, we believe it is the Northwest Hairy-Necked Tiger Beetle, Cicindela hirticollis siuslawensis. According to BugGuide: “Almost always in close association with a body of water i.e., sandy beaches of streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans.”