Carolina Tiger Beetle (Tetracha carolina)
Hunting before sunrise at the disturbed edge of a dense mixed forest. Carolina tiger beetles are primarily nocturnal, so it was not surprising to see them so active at this time.
My husband has been telling me about these iridescent tiger beetles that he has been seeing nearly every morning before leaving for work. Finally, I got a shot of one!
''Tetracha carolina'' is a species of tiger beetle in the genus ''Tetracha''. Its common name is the Carolina tiger beetle.