Cicindela purpurea   (two photos)
Tiger Beetle

cicindela
Larva and adults of these ground 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.  Carol Davis, 10-26-2008, Antelope Island

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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