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Six Spotted Tiger Beetle
Location: Toledo, OH
March 19, 2012 5:30 pm
I don’t actually think any tiger beetles around here have six spots; Every one I’ve seen always had eight! Certainly out early this year.
Signature: Katy

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Hi Katy,
There are also photos on BugGuide of Six Spotted Tiger Beetles,
Cicindela sexguttata, that have eight spots.  We understand from our relatives in Ohio that the unseasonably warm weather is expected to remain in the 70s all week.

Metallic green bug
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
August 12, 2011 5:31 pm
Any idea what these are? I saw several of them while walking in the woods on an overcast day. They were 1-2cm long. The bright metallic green colour really made them stand out. It was nice to see more than just mosquitoes!
Signature: Andrew

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Hi Andrew,
This is a predatory Six Spotted Tiger Beetle, Cicindela sexguttata, and we typically get the most identification requests in the spring, though BugGuide does list sightings as late as September and even October.  Your multiple sightings this late in the season is significant, though we are not exactly certain how to process that information.  Perhaps global climate change is not a myth.  The iris and tomatoes were dismal this year in the garden outside our Southern California office after all,  and the huajes are currently late.

Need identification
Location: Hong Kong
August 11, 2011 4:17 am
Picture was taken at hong kong, on one of the smaller islands surrounding the city.
Around the end of may (should be summer or late spring).
The entire island was swarming with mosquitos (might be relevent).
Signature: Thanks.

Tiger Beetle

This is a Tiger Beetle, and we believe it may be the Japanese Tiger Beetle, Cicindela japonica.

Metalic green bug
Location: Southern Illinois
June 2, 2011 7:19 pm
I use your site often to identify bugs and butterflies often. I have sent mystery bugs to you in the past as well. I do a lot of nature photography and I find the insect world a facinating place. Last week end we were hiking in Southern Illinois in Garden of the gods State Park. We kept seeing these bright green bugs on the path. I couldn’t get real close to look, I got a couple pictures that didn’t blur. I am just not sure what catagory to use to identify them. They flew and were very fast on their feet. I was not sure if they were a beetle or not. They were about 3/4 of an inch long. Can you help me identify my green friend?
Signature: Janet Fox

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Hi Janet,
We will be out of the office for a week and we are preparing your photo to post live to our site on June 11.  This gem-like beauty is a predatory Six Spotted Tiger Beetle, and we often get identification requests for them in the early spring.

Unidentifiable bug/insect in hole
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
June 5, 2011 5:24 pm
I have several holes in my yard about the diameter of a pencil. Every now and then I can see its inhabitant peeking out, but it is quick. It ducks back in before I can really get a good look. Recently I was able to get a photo and try to enlarge image. This is driving me crazy what is this bug?
Signature: Bugged

Tiger Beetle Larva

Hi Bugged,
This is the predatory larva of a Tiger Beetle in the subfamily Cicindelinae and you may compare your photo to this image on BugGuideBugGuide also offers this information on the larvae:  “The larvae typically occur in the same habitat as the adults. The S-shaped larvae construct vertical burrows in the soil and anchor themselves with hooks located on the fifth abdominal segment.”

Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle
Location: Toledo, OH
May 29, 2011 12:51 pm
I can’t help but ponder why the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle has eight spots… Ah well. These guys are out in full force, and I’ve never really seen them so prevalent. I wish I had a better handle on my new macro lens so that they were a bit more sharp and less grainy. Ah well, I’ll get there! Some impressive jaws on this guy.
Signature: Katy

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Hi Katy,
To make things even more confusing, some individuals of Six Spotted Tiger Beetles have no spots.  We feel the quality of your images is perfectly fine.

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle