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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.<br />
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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! Geotagged,Summer,Tetracha carolina,United States Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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!

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  1. So lovely! What a great find. Did you read the alternate common name: Pan-American Big-headed Tiger Beetle. So weird. Posted 13 days ago
    1. Yes. Very weird. Its head isn't THAT big. :/ I prefer "Carolina Tiger Beetle" for sure! Posted 12 days ago
      1. Definitely! Or, "Iridescent Tiger Beetle with Tan Butt Cheeks" Posted 12 days ago
        1. LOLLL! That is too perfect! There is a subspecies (I think it may have been given its own species name now?) that has no purple shades on the body. It is called the Florida Metallic Tiger Beetle (Tetracha floridana). Maybe one day (If I am around the coast) I can see it too! Posted 12 days ago
          1. Nice! Tiger beetles are so difficult to capture! It'd be awesome to see some new ones. Posted 11 days ago
            1. Agreed. I wonder how many different species we have here! I've seen only 3 so far (I think), but they are hard to catch, as you said.

              This particular species is very fast. They look very ghostly as the metallic sheen blurs them as they run across the ground (in the dark). I got lucky that it was curious about Jason's flashlight. It stopped briefly!
              Posted 11 days ago
              1. I've only seen one species ever, I think. the green ones...
                Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle (with Mites) Brilliant green coloration with six distinct white spots on the elytra. This beetle seems to be parasitized by some mites on it's thorax. Cicindela,Cicindela sexguttata,Geotagged,Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle,Spring,United States,beetle
                Posted 11 days ago
                1. Oh! I love these! They are everywhere (during daylight hours) these past two weeks or so! They are pains to photograph for sure. Posted 11 days ago
                  1. Nice! I see them on one hike that I go on, but that's it. They are skittish, little nature gems. Posted 11 days ago

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''Tetracha carolina'' is a species of tiger beetle in the genus ''Tetracha''. Its common name is the Carolina tiger beetle.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Jul 10, 2019. Captured Jul 9, 2019 15:35 in 234 Oakman Rd NE, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • f/5.6
  • 1/181s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm