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Japanese Tiger Beetle [Cicindela japonica] | by giovzaid85
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Japanese Tiger Beetle [Cicindela japonica]

A Japanese tiger beetle (Cicindela japonica). Found tons of these from our night macro shoot in Yishun park, Singapore (we jokingly call the place legendary indeed). We know most photographers find these bugs a hell of a chore to take pictures of, especially up close without scaring them away in a few seconds. But somehow when we got to the park early evening and with a flash of steady light upon these creatures, they seem to be frozen and mesmerized in their positions.


Prominent features are bulging eyes and big curved mandibles that look nasty up close. They are known to be quite unfriendly to macro photographers during daytime (they tend to fly away at the slightest movement or sight of humans). They are predatory and one of the fastest living creatures on the planet.


Note: I slowly learn new things especially on how to take pictures of insects whenever I join my macro group. You would see some improvements of my pictures from my early attempts until now.

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Taken on June 28, 2011