26 April 2009

Six-spotted tiger beetle


This appears to be a six-spotted tiger beetle (Cicindela sexguttata).

They were very common on the sunny trail in the park near my house on Friday. They have good eyesight and are normally very skittish. The combination of those characteristics make it difficult to approach them. But every now and then, there will be one individual a bit "tamer" than the rest. This one was one of those.

Their tendency to stay in the bright sun and their highly reflective upper surfaces also make it difficult to get even lighting in the pictures.

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