The Bug Geek

Insects. Doing Science. Other awesome, geeky stuff.

Six-spotted tiger beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)

I finally “spotted” a tiger beetle in my yard (yay!) I ran inside, grabbed my camera, ran back out, and sneakily snuck up on it…at which point it turned and faced the camera lens resting a mere 3 cm from its face.

It flipped its elytra at me in a, “You wanna piece of me?” kind of way. Were I a much smaller creature, I would certainly NOT want a piece of those impressive jaws.

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6 responses to “Six-spotted tiger beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)

  1. dragonflywoman May 21, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Wow! Impressive! I NEVER get decent tiger beetle shots, so I am always envious when other people do…

    • TGIQ May 22, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      Thanks, DFW 🙂 I was pretty happy with this first effort too, I actually didn’t even expect to get within shooting distance.

  2. Ted C. MacRae May 21, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Excellent shot. It’s hard enough to photograph tigers, but you managed to get one of those ‘personality’ shots.

    • TGIQ May 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      I was actually going for a “behaviour” shot…it was (is this the right word?) stilting? When it stretches up on tippy-toe? But it saw me and then we had our little showdown. 🙂

  3. Morgan Jackson May 27, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Geek, you are absolutely killing the macro photos lately! Another one to add to your portfolio!

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