Green-Margined Tiger Beetle

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    This is Cicindela limbalis, the green-margined tiger beetle. It's very similar to the purple tiger beetle, Cicindela purpurea, which shares much of its range. The curve of the middle spot/stripe is more sharply angled in the former, like in this specimen.

    C. limbalis prefers moist, steep clay soil, like that found near lakes and rivers. This is why it is also known as the common claybank tiger beetle. C. purpurea prefers upland habitats, forest clearings, and places with shale-based soil. This one, and many like it, was found at Sweet Briar Lake in Morton County, North Dakota.

    1. Cheryl Moorehead 69 months ago | reply

      Great shot!
      The people in this group might be able to help with ID, also.

    2. Furryscaly 69 months ago | reply

      Thanks :) Looking back at the other photos I see some of them have even more sharply angled spots/stripes than this one, which means they couldn't be C. purpurea. Plus the lakeside habitat is more typical of C. limbalis.

    3. NeoMetalz 69 months ago | reply

      Cool pic.,great focus..... love the colors..

    4. Ted_Roger_Karson 63 months ago | reply

      Wonderful capture

    5. Armpro 46 months ago | reply

      Wonderful capture!
      Thanks for sharing.

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    6. dragonflychaser1029 46 months ago | reply

      Lovely Tiger! Superb shot!

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