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Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetles Mating

twelve-spotted tiger beetles  137 As their name implies, all species of tiger beetles are ferocious predators.  They are equipped with huge eyes, large three-toothed mandibles that crisscross at their tips and the ability to move very fast . Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetles (Cicindela duodecimguttata) are usually found in open, sandy spots, where their larvae can dig and live in burrows.  Adult tiger beetles use their formidable mandibles to masticate their prey and then squeeze the bits and drink the resulting liquid.

In May and June, whenever they are not ambushing prey, Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetles are concentrating on reproducing, as the “menage a trois” photo illustrates.

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5 responses

  1. Lawrence Schuster

    Cicindela is the correct spelling for the genus.

    May 18, 2016 at 6:41 am

  2. Love the photo!

    May 18, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    • So glad, Eliza. Insects don’t get as many comments as other creatures!

      May 18, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      • I find them fascinating. Actually, it was through viewing photography blogs that I became entranced by the closeups a good camera provides. It has increased my appreciation of this often-vilified animal group. The ick-factor is only a conditioned response. Maybe it can change with exposure and understanding. Maybe. 😉

        May 18, 2016 at 10:07 pm

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