"Purple Tiger Beetle"
Cicindela purpurea

mating pair of cicindela
  Mating pair on Antelope Island. Those tan things
that look like tusks on the green male are the
mandibles which they use to hold on to the female
during mating. Carol Davis, 3-15-2009

female tiger beetle
  The female stayed around even longer for this shot. I had never
seen a black Cicindela before so this was a treat.
Don't ask me
 why it's called the Purple Tiger Beetle, I only post what the
experts have identified  :)   Carol Davis, 3-15-2009


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