This beetle is one of my all time favorites. This is the Six- Spotted Tiger Beetle. These guys are super fast and very voracious beetles. They are an very efficient hunter. These guys are a metallic green with a series of six dots on the back of the wing coverts. These beetles are pretty big and when photographing them you have to be on your toes or they will scamper away to who knows where. They are a really cool predator and I am a big fan of these guys. This was my first encounter with this one and I was able to find a few but these two photos are my very best. These guys are pretty cool and green just happens to be my favorite color. They have huge eyes and a pointed squared off head. They have quite a set mandibles which are used for ripping and shredding its prey. They are a summertime bug and they love open area and areas with shade. These guys are unmistakable once you get to know them.
Awesome night with much gratitude to our hosts for inviting us to observe on their property.
Cicindela scutellaris—Larose Forest, Limoges, Ontario, Canada.
70F weather just 3 days after 7F weather -- so I was surprised to see this beetle scurry across the sidewalk shortly after sunset. This was a mulched area under red oaks.