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Tiger Beetle


Tiger Beetle
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My trips to Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-26 7:07
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tiger beetle (Cosmodela aurulenta juxtata)
Tiger beetles are voracious predatory sun-loving insects. Their S-shaped larvae are also predators which construct vertical burrows in dry soil and seize prey in strong jaws... These beetles are capable of sustaining speeds of 25 miles per hour (40 kph) in short bursts making them the fastest land insects in the world!
Tiger Beetles are fluid feeders and use what is called 'pre-oral digestion' i.e. digestive juices are secreted onto the prey while it is held and crushed by the mandibles which possess a special molar-like tooth to aid in this mastication. It looks like it is squeezing its jaws open and shut at the same time as it is sucking in.
This one was located in a clearing in the jungle around the Emerald Pool near Klong Thom. In fact there were several beetles there preying on ants and flies.
Thanks for looking.

dew77, jcoowanitwong, gitirana, peter_stoeckl, saguzar, cicindela has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-26 9:27]

Hello Chris,
Very interesting beetle,it's new to me.Colors,framing and lighting are wonderful.I prefered the opposite POV:)
TFS..:-)

Hello Chris,
Colorful beetle. Nice captured without reflection on the body. Sharpness, pov, dof are excellent. Well done and seen.
JC

Que coisa mais linda este Celeoptera! A foto está excelente. Conseguiu captar muito bem o brilho e variedade de cores. Adorei!
gitirana

Hi Chris,
clear and precise capture you have luckily and skillfully obtained of this very speedy beetle under difficult high noon light conditions, the iridescence of body and wings well reported.
Thank you! Best regards,
Peter

Hi Chris,
A psicodelic beetle! I) love this wonderful multicoloured pattern. definitely an interesting insect.
Thanks for sharing
Hernán

Nice picture of a common S Asiatic tiger beetle species. On the picture there is a male. Interesting is that this subspecies was described in 1989!
Best regards, Radomir

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