Cicindela repanda (Bronze Tiger Beetle)
This individual was photographed along the banks of the Mississippi River just south of St. Louis, Missouri. While not a rare species, this is as close as I have come to what I consider the “perfect” tiger beetle macrophotograph—a close, low angle, lateral profile of an adult in full-stilt posture (a thermoregulatory behavior), well lit, perfectly focused, and with a dynamic but pleasingly blurred background. This photo took the better part of two hours to achieve, as rarely do all of these elements come together in a hand-held photograph of an unconfined tiger beetle in its native habitat. More details at Persistence Pays.