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Tiger Beetle
May 20, 2010
Hi Daniel,
I ran across this beautiful fellow this morning. Had a long lens on the camera so I was able to circle it for photos. I went closer for a better look because I thought it had something in it’s mouth. Unable to get very close, it went from sitting to “warp” speed, in less then a blink it was out of sight. I have “fished” the larva from their holes in the ground and it is hard for me to even imagine such an ugly larva turning into one of these beautiful beetles. (color not his face) Never really looked at one of these before and had no idea what it was…Thanks to you and your website I took the time for a good look and was able to identify it. Thank you once again.
Richard
North Middle Tennessee

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Dear Richard,
Letters like yours are the reason we love working on What’s That Bug? so much.  Your personal perspective, vivid descriptions and gorgeous photos are a marvelous addition to our website.

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

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Painted tiger beetle from Israel
February 14, 2010
Hi Bug People!
I haven’t sent anything in a while, but this weekend I finally found a bunch of cool critters for your site. These are from the northern Negev desert, which is all in bloom now, like walking through a kaleidoscope!

Painted Tiger Beetle

This first one is a painted tiger beetle (direct translation from the Hebrew name) Graphipterus serrator.
More to come soon…
Ben
Northwestern Negev, Israel

Painted Tiger Beetle

Hi Ben,
Thanks so much for sending us these wonderful images of a Painted Tiger Beetle.  It really does look like it got in the way and got spattered as the fence was being whitewashed.  We found a photo of it on the Coleop-Terra website, but that is of a mounted specimen, and we much prefer your photos of a living specimen in its natural environment.  We see that you sent us several additional images, and we will post them as time permits.

Painted Tiger Beetle

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Predator beetle
February 7, 2010
Hello, I supose you guys arent very familiar with south american bugs but I gotta show this finding!
It was found at night in a rainforest area (southeast Brazil), reminds me a cicindelid but never seen one with such shapes and proportions
Techuser
Brazil

Tiger Beetle

Dear Techuser,
Your are correct in that this is an unusual Cicindelid or Tiger Beetle.  Some members of the subfamily Cicindelinae are ant mimics, and your specimen would seem to be one of those.  We hope we are able to provide a species identification for you, but time does not permit that research at the moment.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply a species identification.

Tiger Beetle

We love the close-up photo of the face.

Tiger Beetle

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Can you help me name these beetles?
January 31, 2010
Hi,
please could help me to identify these beetles, all were photographed in Santa Elena cloud forest in Costa Rica in december.
Thanks,
Miles
Costa Rica

Tiger Beetle

Hi again Miles,
As the label on your digital file indicates, you are aware that this is a Tiger Beetle in the subfamily Cicindelinae, but we are unable to locate a species name for you.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck.

Comment provided by Truman
Looks like Pseudoxycheila tarsalis
Apparently it mimics a species of velvet ant

Thank you Truman.  Once you provided a name, we found a photo on Flickr.

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colorful metallic beetle
January 12, 2010
Could you please help us identify this beetle? We found it in a shallow, sandy-bottomed stream which runs through Angelina National Forest. Thank you for any light you can shed on its identity!
The Guy family
Jasper, Texas

Tiger Beetle

Tiger Beetle

Dear Guy family,
This is a Tiger Beetle in the genus Cicindela, though we are uncertain of the species.  We looked through all the possibilities on BugGuide, but couldn’t make a conclusive identification.  It is possible that it is the Six Spotted Tiger Beetle, Cicindela sexguttata, which is described on BugGuide as being:  “Brilliant green coloration with six white spots. No other Nearctic Tiger Beetle looks much like this one. Occasional variation seen—overall color may be bluish on some individuals, and spots may be missing on some individuals.
”  There is one example on BugGuide with a color pattern similar to your specimen.

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jumping sand bug
November 12, 2009
I found this bug while walking on the beach in galveston, texas. They were jumping everywhere like fleas! They are over a centimeter long. Their undersides are metallic green, from the top they are brown with a whitish pattern
Michelle D.
Gelveston, TX, USA

Schaupp's Tiger Beetle

Schaupp's Tiger Beetle

Hi Michelle,
This is a beneficial predatory Tiger Beetle.  We believe, based on images and information posted to BugGuide, that this is Schaupp’s Tiger Beetle, Cicindela schauppii.  It is found in Texas and Oklahoma in sandy and gravelly areas with limestone outcrops.  Sightings are primarily in the autumn.  We hope the individual in your photo died of natural causes.

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