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Pan-American Tiger Beetle

Tetracha carolina

Description:

spectacular iridescent green and purple with white legs, about 3/4 in

Habitat:

semi arid dry tropical forest

Notes:

I was surprised by how much wildlife I spotted in the Tatacoa desert. This insect was very hard to photograph. I first saw it running across the ground and followed it but it would always try to hide under the dirt. As soon as it was exposed a little it would run again. I was only able to get these shots as it completely disappeared underground and I couldn't find it again. As colorful as any insect I've seen in the Amazon.

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5 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks J, k.andrews, irowe and Cindy.

Gorgeous!

irowe17
irowe17 7 years ago

Breath taking shot!

Kyle A
Kyle A 7 years ago

That's a beautiful beetle! Thanks for sharing.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Fantastic spotting! This species is found from southern North America to South America.

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Huila, Colombia

Spotted on Dec 28, 2012
Submitted on Aug 24, 2013

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