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Pan-American Tiger Beetle

Tetracha carolina


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


semi arid dry tropical forest


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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Pan-American Tiger Beetle
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dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks J, k.andrews, irowe and Cindy.


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.

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Huila, Colombia

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

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