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Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle

Cicindela sexguttata


Tiger beetles closely resemble their relatives the Ground Beetles (Carabidae), but can be distinguished by their overlapping sickle-shaped jaws. Tiger beetles are predators that feed on small insects, spiders, and other arthropods. They are fast, agile flyers, and are able to catch insects in the air. Tiger beetle larvae are also predators.


Southeastern Canada - Eastern U.S. - absent from the Gulf Coast. Near woodland areas; dirt paths.

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Small Wonders
Small Wonders 7 years ago

Thanks so much Gordon. Yes, these beetles do not like to be approached... It has taken me nearly 2 years to finally catch up to one!

Hema 7 years ago

thanks soo much. My e-mail ID is elsa.of.

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 7 years ago

Sure Emma, I will email you. The most important tip is patience ;)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 7 years ago

Nicely photographed! These guys are fast movers....

Hema 7 years ago

Small wonders,can you give me tips on how to get started with macro. i would love to capture a jumping spider !

Small Wonders
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Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Lat: 42.96, Long: -85.66

Spotted on May 15, 2012
Submitted on May 16, 2012

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