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Subject: Metalic green bug
Location: Southern Illinois and Eastern Kentucky
August 25, 2012 3:59 pm
I find the bug world very facinating. But now I find myself with an ever growing collection of unidentified bugs. I ”shop” around your site, but sometimes I don’t even know where to start. I am not sure if this one is a beetle, or another kind of bug. It was located in Southern Illinois in the late spring. I have seen the same bugs in our area of Eastern Kentucky. It is about 1/2 inch long and can fly. They are very fast and hard to capture on film. I hope this picture is clear enough for an identification.
Signature: Janet Fox

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Hi Janet,
Originally we just sent you a quick identification as we are not able to post all the submissions we receive.  Actually, our tiny staff cannot even respond to most requests.  We really love the enthusiasm of your letter and the photo is also quite beautiful, so we are giving it a chattier response and posting it.  This is a Six Spotted Tiger Beetle.  They are fast running predators that will quickly take flight if they feel threatened. 

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Subject: Jordanian tiger beetle
Location: Jordan
May 30, 2012 9:59 am
Hi Bug people,
I managed to catch this fast-moving tiger beetle in my viewfinder. I managed to ID it as a Lophyridia aulica.
Enjoy!
Signature: Ben from Israel

Tiger Beetle

Hi Ben,
Thanks for taking the time to send us your photo of a Jordanian Tiger Beetle after identifying it.  TrekNature has a very detailed photograph of
Lophyridia aulica.  We will be away from the office while on holiday for a short time, so we are postdating this letter to go live later in the week.

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Green beetle?
Location: Newmarket, Ontario
May 6, 2012 10:05 am
Hi,
Trying to identify this guy – look slike some kind of green beetle?
Signature: Rob

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Dear Rob,
Though the number of spots is variable, this is known as a Six Spotted Tiger Beetle.

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Cow Path Tiger Beetle
Location: Central MN
April 6, 2012 8:03 am
Greetings, bugnuts!
I found this colorful little monster on the second of April. But what a terrible name for him: Cow Path Tiger Beetle (cicindela purpurea). That’s what my book calls him, anyway.
Cheers. I look at your site everyday. It’s a relief to have some insects out and about again here in the north. But scary early!
Signature: Don J. Dinndorf

Cow Path Tiger Beetle

Dear Don,
Thanks so much for the compliment.  Unlike you, we do not find the common name Cow Path Tiger Beetle to be “terrible”, though we do find it unusual.  Common names do create the possibility of confusion since many species have multiple common names, each highly localized, and species that cross international boundaries with language changes face even more confusion.  That is the reason the scientific community settled upon the binomial naming system that avoids common names.  Should you find it troublesome to refer to this lovely Tiger Beetle by the name Cow Path Tiger Beetle, you can always use the name favored on BugGuide, which is Purple Tiger Beetle, though BugGuide does recognize the other common name as well.  
BugGuide also notes:  “Uncommon through much of its range; a beautiful species” and that it prefers “Upland habitats with shale soils. Found in forest clearings, often along dirt paths through grassy areas.”  We suspect the common name Cow Path Tiger Beetle refers to sightings occurring along paths traveled by cattle to reach high altitude pastures with better grazing.

Cow Path Tiger Beetle

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Electric Green
Location: Green Valley Forest Preserve [Illinois]
April 4, 2012 6:53 pm
While riding my bike on April 2, i saw hundreds of these bright green bugs along a 6 mile stretch of gravel pathway. What might this be?
Signature: Jesse S

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Hi Jesse,
We needed to look up Green Valley Forest Preserve to learn it is in the state of Illinois.  Though the number of spots varies from individual to individual, this beauty is nonetheless called a Six Spotted Tiger Beetle.  It is an adept hunter that runs quickly and also flies quite well.

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cicindella campestris
Location: Europe/Spain/Galicia/Coruña
March 27, 2012 4:41 pm
We find it running in the beach, near the roch and grass. It was very fast, with brillian colours and a weird mouth. We think it wmay be a cicindella.
Signature: cicindella

Tiger Beetle

What a beautiful Tiger Beetle this is.  Thank you for sending the photo.

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