Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Green Metallic Flying Bug
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
May 1, 2011 11:34 pm
I see these bugs everywhere in the woods located within a local park. I also see them in blue metallic colors. I have never seen them anywhere other than these woods and would be interested to find out what they are.
Signature: Ashley

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Hi Ashley,
This beautiful predator is a Six Spotted Tiger Beetle,
Cicindela sexguttata, a variable species that is most commonly sighted in the spring.  You can read more about it on BugGuide.

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  1. Oh I love these little guys, I haven’t seen many of the bright green ones but I have seen dark blue ones, they’re always super fast, both running and flying, fast enough that I’ve just given up on trying to catch any and just enjoy the random beautiful, iridescent green, incredibly fast beetles. A different species of tiger beetle holds the world record for fastest running insect(Australian tiger beetle), and every time I see any tiger beetle running, I can see it. Every time I see a flash of bright green on the sunny trail I’m walking on, I know who it is. I have almost been bitten by one of them one of the few times I did manage to catch one, those jaws are pretty nasty looking ?


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