Photo of the Day~Tiger Beetle

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A magnified tiger beetle shows its true colors. Your Shot photographer Mark Smith writes that this image was made in “2014 during the Entomological Collections Network annual meeting [in Portland, Oregon] … attended by curators of the entomological collections at many of the prestigious natural history museums around the world.” The enlarged photo was created using “an imaging system developed by Macroscopic Solutions in order to capture an extended depth of field using high magnification optics.”

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Tiger beetle
Lophyra sp in Tanzania
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Cicindelinae
Latreille, 1802
Cicindelini Collyridini Manticorini Megacephalini
Cicindelidae Latreille, 1802

Tiger beetles are a large group of beetles, from the Cicindelinae subfamily, known for their aggressive predatory habits and running speed. The fastest known species of tiger beetle, Cicindela hudsoni, can run at a speed of 9 km/h (5.6 mph; 2.5 m/s), or about 125 body lengths per second.[1] As of 2005, about 2,600 species and subspecies were known, with the richest diversity in the Oriental (Indo-Malayan) region, followed by the Neotropics.[2]

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