NS3778 : Green Tiger Beetle

taken 9 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Green Tiger Beetle
Green Tiger Beetle
(Cicindela campestris)

These insects are common here (NS3778 : Path beside Carman Reservoir), and throughout Britain and Ireland. The Green Tiger Beetle is a fast-running species, which chases other insects for food. The "tiger" part of its common name refers to its powerful jaws. Its larvae likewise have powerful jaws, but their method of seizing prey is different; they wedge themselves in a small vertical shaft, and their jaws clamp shut on ants or other prey that happen to walk over them.

This is not the only British species of Tiger Beetle, but it is by far the most common of them.

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Date Taken
Monday, 8 June, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 20 June, 2015
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3766 7849 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.3125N 4:36.1735W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3766 7849
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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