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Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-09
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-05 9:58
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This is a Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) which I have recently photographed at Dhana Sar gorges of Sulaiman Mountain range situated 107 kilometres away from where I live.(Yes, let me first thank cobra112 for identification.)In fact I had photographed it in 2010 at the same spot but perhaps was not satisfied with the quality of the shots.It is always gratifying to know the name/identity of a given species, for I am student of English Literature and not a botanist or zoologist so to say.

Here is the rest of the information about this species from www.fcps.edu:

Six-spotted Tiger Beetles are fairly small, growing about 1/2 inch long. They are easy to identify, with a bright metallic green body. The outer wings, called elytra, each have three to five white spots. Since the beetle has two elytra, it could actually have a total of six to ten spots. Legs and antennae are also bright green.
Six-spotted Tiger Beetles can be found in open woods, and along paths and streams.
These beetles usually live alone and only get together to breed. They can be seen from April to August.

After mating, the male beetle rides on the back of the female for a while, so it can keep other males from mating with her.

Female beetles lays eggs in June or July. Each female digs holes in the ground and lays one egg in each hole. She uses her ovipositor to lay the egg, then covers up the hole with dirt.
When they hatch, beetle larvae (called "grubs") burrow tunnels down into the soil. To eat, a larvae pops its head out of its tunnel to grab prey. It then pulls the prey down into its burrow.
Tiger beetle larvae eat ants, spiders, and other small prey it can grab.

Each larva stays in its burrow until the following year. In July it changes into a pupa (resting stage). Pupae hatch into adults in August.
Adult Six-spotted Tiger Beetles spend the day looking for food, then return to their burrow (the same one they were a larva and pupa in) at night. Adults also spend the winter in their burrows.

Adult beetles are fast runners and fliers. When they fly, they usually stay within three feet of the ground. Tiger beetles catch prey on the ground and in the air.

Six-spotted Tiger Beetles eat small insects, spiders, and other arthropods. Favorite foods include other beetles, springtails, sawflies, caterpillars, flies, ants, and grasshoppers.

Predators of adult tiger beetles include birds, dragonflies, robber flies, lizards, frogs, salamanders, and other small animals. Predators of tiger beetle larvae include moles, opossum, raccoons, skunks, hister beetles, ants, and birds.
This beetle's shiny body helps hide it, since predators have a hard time seeing it when the beetle is on the ground. It also defends itself by releasing a bad odor.
Certain types of wasps,mites, and bee flies become parasites of tiger beetle larvae

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Hi Syed,
interesting species.
Very good depth of field. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-09-05 10:45]

Hello Syed,
The second tiger beetle of today. Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful contrasting colours.

Ciao Syed. Stunning details. Exciting ligh to hit the metallic colours. Very well done.


Ciao Syed, great macro of lovely Cicindela, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-05 11:47]

Waaw! This metallic green is really fantastic!! What a capture,fantastic the position too whit this background that looks in black and white,very impressive details too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

hello Syed bhai,
very interesting species. very nice colour and sharpness. i like the note also.
last year at Hyderabad i had photographed one Anthia sexguttata (Six-spotted Tiger Beetles)which is black body and white spot.may be post it next time.
thank you shearing this nice picture.
best wishes,

Hello Syed,
Brilliant capture of a very nice, species of beetle. Very nice colors, good details and sharpness. The light is superb falling on the beetle from a wonderful angle. The focus and WB is at the highest quality range.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Syed,
this tiny beetle is beautifully captured,the metallic green sheen is really well exposed,a lovely shot.

Interesting species and impressive photo Abid! The colours and the lighting are fantastic! Very good sharpness too!

hello Syed
great sharpness composition with beautiful colours
i like the cicindela species very much
greeting lou

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