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Tiger Beetle

Tiger Beetle
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Copyright: kv vral (vral) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR, Sigma 70-300mm, 4-5.6, APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-10 7:33
Viewed: 3657
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
another 'unknown' presented here for you help.

This was very shy, an inch long,found under the bushes. They are seldom seen open. Found Crash landing on bushes and falls to floor to disappear. Luckily I got this when it was crossing a patch of clearing fast.

Thanks to Ivan and Haraprasan for the ID.

Thin yellow band in the apical region and shapes of other two yellow bands were differant,so I was hesitant to choose 'Calochroa bicolor'.

Tiger beetles were traditionally classified as the family Cicindelidae but most authorities now treat them as the subfamily Cicindelinae of the Carabidae (ground beetles).

The most recent classifications, however, have relegated them to a subgroup within the subfamily Carabinae, though this is not yet universally accepted; accordingly, there is no consensus classification for this group, at any level from family down to subspecies, and it can be exceedingly difficult to decipher the taxonomic literature surrounding this group.

There are about 2,100 species known, with numbers ranging much higher or lower depending on the authority consulted. Very many were described by the German entomologist Richard Horn.

The tiger beetles are a large group of beetles known for their predatory habits. Some tiger beetles can run at a speed of 5 mph. For its size it has been suggested that they are technically the fastest running land animals. This has been featured on "Animal Planet's Most Extreme" show as the number one fastest animal known to man on earth.
Tiger beetles often have large bulging eyes, long, slender legs and large curved mandibles. All are predatory, both as adults and as larvae.

The larvae of tiger beetles live in cylindrical burrows as much as a meter deep. They are large-headed, hump-backed grubs that flip backwards to capture prey insects that wander over the ground. The fast-moving adults run down their prey. Some tiger beetles in the tropics are arboreal, but most run on the surface of the ground. They live along sea and lake shores, on sand dunes, around playa lakebeds and on clay banks or woodland paths.

Tiger beetles have been considered as good indicator species and have been used in ecological studies on biodiversity.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-10 7:44]

Hello Vral,
An excellent macro taken from a fine dorsal POV with fine sharpness of what I think is a species of Tiger Beetle (Cicindelidae).
Radomir Jaskula (Cicindela) is an expert on these and should be able to help with the exact ID.

Hi KV,
It is a Calochroa bicolor Tiger beetle. You can find more about this beetle from the PDF file about tiger beetle you emailed me. You have captured it very well with sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-10 11:49]

Hi Kv. I have no idea of the ID. but its still a great picture. Your top POV shows the whole bug with good detail and bright colours. well done TFS.

PS i see you have a ID now.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-11-10 12:17]

Hello Vral,

A superb capture of this beautiful Tiger Beetle. Excellent sharpness and great colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-10 13:40]

Hello Vral,
A nice capture of this beautiful Tiger beetle. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Regards Siggi

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-11 4:05]

Hello Vral, Excellent shot with superb view. Lovely composition and beautiful lighting and colors. Well done and thanks for sharing.ganesh

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