Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Metallic Green Beetle
I found many of these under the bark of a fallen and decaying pine tree. I was looking for skinks, and found these bugs. I’ve never seen them before. They seem to be present wherever there were termites. They were about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long, moved quickly, and took off like a fly when you got to close. Any ideas? BTW, these are from southeastern Virginia.
Rowland Parks
Newport News, VA

Hi Rowland,
This is a Six Spotted Tiger Beetle, a predatory species. We are not certain if the termite colony is a food source, or if the beetles were there for another reason.

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