Subject: Beetles Matting?
Location: S.E. British Columbia Canada
April 15, 2014 8:14 pm
Observed these two beetles when looking for spring flowers. They were in a grass meadow, Douglas Fir forest at the headwaters of the Columbia River, Invermere, BC Canada. Date was April 13, 2014
Signature: Larry Halverson
These are mating Tiger Beetles in the subfamily Cicindelinae, probably in the genus Cicindela. We will continue to attempt a species identification, but as you can see from BugGuide, there are many similar looking species. Tiger Beetles are adept predators that run down their prey, though they are also capable of flight.
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