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Subject: Soldier/Futuristic Robot Bug! Crazy moulter??
Location: Evanston, IL lakefront
May 23, 2013 7:13 am
Chicago suburb: Evanston, IL
Lakefront (Lake Michigan)
Dog beach
Small, I would say an inch or less than one inch long
Crazy looking!
Camouflage warrior hard shell on the outside & metallic green robo-bug on the inside (with wings) but did NOT seem to be a bug inside a bug, but rather one single bug that was alive.
Would love to know what this thing is!!
Thanks!
Signature: Izumi

Unidentified Tiger Beetle

Common Shore Tiger Beetle

Dear Izumi,
It might take us some time to identify this Tiger Beetle  in the subfamily Cicindelinae
that is missing an elytra.

Update:  Ides of March, 2019
We just received a second comment that this is a Common Shore Tiger Beetle, Cicindela repanda.

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Subject: St. Anthony Dune Tiger Beetle (Cicindela arenicola)
Location: St. Anthony Dunes, Fremont County, Idaho
May 22, 2013 7:59 pm
I thought that you guys might enjoy a picture of this guy.
Signature: Dune Crawler

St Anthony Dune Tiger Beetle

St. Anthony Dune Tiger Beetle

Dear Dune Crawler,
This piebald beetle is a lovely species and your photograph is exemplary.  Thank you for providing us with our first photo of a St. Anthony Dune Tiger Beetle.
P.S.  We rotated your image a quarter of a turn counterclockwise so it would fit better on our site.

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Subject: Green beetle
Location: Montville, ME
May 21, 2013 6:31 am
Hi,
Found this beetle while hiking in Montville, Maine. I’ve seen these before, but mostly only on mountains!
Signature: Jasmine D.

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Hi Jasmine,
However did you get this fast running Six Spotted Tiger Beetle to stand still long enough to have photos taken?  They are also capable of taking to wing if threatened. 

It took me a while, but I picked it up carefully and when I covered it up with my hand it stopped moving for a few seconds, I think maybe the dark threw it off! Thank you! They’re so pretty!
Jasmine

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Subject: mystery blue bug
Location: tiverton, rhode island
May 16, 2013 6:31 am
Saw this bug on my deck on tuesday, may 14 and went to get my camera. When i returned it was gone. Saw it again Wednesday, may 15 in a small garden on the rough mulch dead. Perhaps came in on a southerly from some place tropical?
Signature: nature girl

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Dear Nature Girl,
The predatory Six Spotted Tiger Beetle,
Cicindela sexguttata, is native to Rhode Island, and Bugguide reports sightings in all states east of Texas.  This beautiful beetle runs quite fast and is also capable of flying.

wow! very exciting! thank you! bummer he is now deceased…..will watch for more

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Subject: Tiger Beetles!
Location: Barrington, New Hampshire
May 9, 2013 6:41 am
Hey again Bugman!
Just sending along those Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle shots I mentioned. I was lucky enough to have these two come running right up to my shoes when I stopped and waited so I got some really nice shots. Hope you enjoy!
Signature: Black Zarak

Six Spotted Tiger Beetles

Six Spotted Tiger Beetles

Dear Black Zarak,
Thanks for sending these photos of mating Six Spotted Tiger Beetles.  In the first photo, it appears the beetle on the left, which we assume is the female, might be in a position to release pheromones.  At any rate, it is a “come hither” pose.

Mating Six Spotted Tiger Beetles

Mating Six Spotted Tiger Beetles


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Subject: Blue/Green Jewel Beetle
Location: Knotts Island, NC
May 7, 2013 10:40 pm
I haven’t been able to find a picture or listing for this beetle. I found it under a board in a field on Knotts Island, NC in April this year. I am not sure I have seen a beetle or bug that was so iridescent. I wonder what the purpose of the coloring would be.
Signature: Rod Mann

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Dear Rod,
We believe this is a Six Spotted Tiger Beetle,
Cicindela sexguttata, a species that doesn’t necessarily always have six spots.  They are predators that run fast and fly even faster.

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Daniel…….Thank you. Now I see all the other examples you have and I agree.

 

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