Cicindela purpurea   (two photos)
Tiger Beetle

Larva and adults of theseground beetles feed on other insects.  They are fascinating to watch.
They light on the ground and if you try to get closer they will fly off just a little ways and
make you chase them.  Cicindela, in the subfamily Tiger Beetles, come in all colors and
patterns.  These were found at two different times of the year.  ©Carol Davis, 10-26-2008

wounded tiger beetle
I had to chase this one down that I found in the exact location as the one above, only 4 months later.  It could barely fly so eventually
it grew tired and let me take some shots.  I don't know if its wing was torn off or had some kind of fungus. I'm pretty sure these two

are same species, even though the top lines aren't discernible on the bottom beetle.  © Carol Davis, 3-3-2009

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