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Cicindela campestris, commonly called the green tiger beetle, is a widespread Eurasian species of tiger beetle. Adults are 12-15mm long. The body is green, varying in tone from light to dark, spotted with cream-coloured patches, and in bright sunlight are somewhat irridescent. The eyes are blackish; the legs are brown with whitish hairs. The antennae are long and straight, not clubbed. The adults are sun-loving. They live in places with dry soils (sandy or chalky), appearing from March to October. Like other tiger beetles, they run fast on their long legs and are most often seen on bare ground, in Britain typically on heather moorland. They can fly fast, making a loud buzzing noise. The larvae are carnivorous. They dig burrows from where they ambush ground-living insects such as ants.
V's 2, 3 & 4 were taken indoors, as this chappie wouldn't keep still for me, I managed to get him onto a dry leaf to take him outside for a quick grab shot in V.1.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:cicindela campestris
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:8 Feb 2013 - 6:02 AM
Tags:Beetle, Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flash / lighting, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:83
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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 6:36 AM

Lovely stuff again Carol. And another marvelous wee beastie, what a gorgeous colour.

Andy

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 6:53 AM

Another terrific set Carol, I'm not sure I like this fellow though, something about him makes me shiver! Fab work as usual!

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
8 Feb 2013 - 6:53 AM

What a lovely bug you dish up today Carol !! Could be a piece of jewelry Smile Excellent photos !!

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 7:09 AM

fantastic detail carol brilliant colours and textures the leafy v1 for me today a stunner nice one Wink
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Caziwinkles
8 Feb 2013 - 7:15 AM

Another stunning capture. V1 and V4 for me - hard to choose.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 7:16 AM

Fantastic and great set of images,Carol,V1 is my favorite today ,
saeid

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 7:20 AM

What an interesting looking critter.
Is it rare that they have arty looking blotches...
Most critters I see over here are pretty symmetrical.....
Four beauties

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SUE118
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8 Feb 2013 - 7:25 AM

Super coloured beastie.

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Stace
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8 Feb 2013 - 7:26 AM

4 well captured images Carol

Stace

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85874 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 7:44 AM

Mornin' Carol
Prefer V1 as it is sort of his natural environment - a very interesting & informative write-upSmile

0C at the moment - work of courseSad
Forecast for tomorrow is cold, but with white cloudSmile If so, off to the woods we goWink

Adrian

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leontari
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8 Feb 2013 - 7:46 AM

A superb set of images Carol, super details and colours. V1 for me today.Smile
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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 7:46 AM

What wonderful colours Carol - v1 works best for me
Helen

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LynneJoyce
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8 Feb 2013 - 8:41 AM

One to look out for in May, thank you for these fine portraits that will help me in my quest.

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sparrowhawk
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8 Feb 2013 - 8:56 AM

stunning set of shot my peronal fave is v4 ! i just love the angle and the exceptional clarity in the fine detail

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tashi
tashi  32 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 9:01 AM

Excellent capture and presentation. As awesome as always.Smile

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mossy
mossy  146 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 9:20 AM

One ive actually seen, V1 stands out.

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 - 9:40 AM

Another fine set detail spot-on as always
Steve

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 9:46 AM

First Class Set!

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Badgerfred
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8 Feb 2013 - 10:01 AM

Super set Carol, V1 a bit special and my favourite,
Fred.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 10:07 AM

You have captured him well, in every way it seemsWinkWink, and I do like the more natural look in V 1 but V 4 is so good for fine detail, Carol.
Ronnie.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 10:12 AM

Not seen one of these before. v1 in a natural setting looks so good, and beautifully presented, Carol.

Dave

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EAS
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8 Feb 2013 - 10:24 AM

Has to be V1 for me. Great set with superb details and colour.

Ann

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gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
8 Feb 2013 - 10:49 AM

Buen contraste de colores..

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achieverswales
8 Feb 2013 - 10:56 AM

Very good captures carol V1 for me.


Regards

Trev.

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lonely_oryx
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8 Feb 2013 - 11:16 AM

Super detail

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54245 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 11:23 AM

What a beauty.
x

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 11:25 AM

How much nicer he looks on the leaf but your indoor images show up the eyes and other features.
You're brave to touch these creatures!
KateGrinGrinGrin

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danbrann
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8 Feb 2013 - 11:33 AM

Eight legs which seem to go each and any way...A bit like me n a Friday night after the pub.

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TonyDy
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8 Feb 2013 - 11:54 AM

Superb set again, Carol, fantastic detail.
Tony

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 - 11:57 AM

A little jewel Carol! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
GrinGrin: (This is another SMILE AWARD to you)
IB

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fificat100
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8 Feb 2013 - 12:10 PM

Four superbly detailed close-ups of this colourful critter SmileSmileSmileSmile

Lavina

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digital_boi
8 Feb 2013 - 1:07 PM

fine work on this set Carol

Graham

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 1:19 PM

He's a beautiful beetle Carol - the shot in v4 is superb for showing all the detail of the insect, and I like the frontal low pov.

Anne

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Joline
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8 Feb 2013 - 1:19 PM

We have a variety of tiger beetle here, too. They certainly sparkle in the sun.

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RuthyJ
RuthyJ  8 England
8 Feb 2013 - 1:53 PM

You have some beautiful coloured bugs out there Carol. great shots.

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
8 Feb 2013 - 1:53 PM

You certainly have a vast verity of insects Carol, never seen so many different types in one place, like him nice one, good set regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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8 Feb 2013 - 2:15 PM

Excellent the detail is superb

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TrevBatWCC
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8 Feb 2013 - 2:28 PM

What a beautiful and colourful bug...and well done on getting him to sit still long enough to get this delightful set, Carol Smile
Trev Smile

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Silverzone
8 Feb 2013 - 2:44 PM

Hello Carol, you wouldn't have time to eat or sleep out here with all the insect life. Spiders as big as your first! Still trying to upload when I can. The little bird I put up today feeds on the wing as well as settling briefly to get the nectar. Only about 3 inches long. Super detail in your uploads as usual. Sylvia

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Quoise
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8 Feb 2013 - 2:48 PM

Superb detailed set SmileSmile

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Brian65
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8 Feb 2013 - 4:10 PM

Another fantastic set of images Carol, love V4.
Brian

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4525 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 4:30 PM

Great shot s !!.....love the 'metallic' sheen on this beauty !!

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evelen
evelen  9 England
8 Feb 2013 - 6:22 PM

very colourful bug carol excellent set of captures.
eve.Smile

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8 Feb 2013 - 6:34 PM

For me the quality is superb as usual Carol, but I do like to see the creature in his own environment so I shall opt for image number one. The white seems to distract from the quality "sorry"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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8 Feb 2013 - 8:25 PM

A super set, Carol.
Colin

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9 Feb 2013 - 5:20 AM

As beetles go he's quite the handsome fellow Carol, like V1 for the natural setting, but my vote has to go to V4, for th same reason as Anne (atworner).
Rgds., Jim

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9 Feb 2013 - 1:02 PM

A super set of macros!

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suemason
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9 Feb 2013 - 5:12 PM

Handsome chappie-love the irridescence

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10 Feb 2013 - 6:08 PM

A most impressive set of macros Carol, v1 takes some beating and would make the Big O green with envy!Grin

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2013 - 12:32 AM

I like no 1 best for the natural camouflage, but the indoor detail is better of course.
Very interesting write up,too!

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NigelKiteley
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12 Feb 2013 - 10:20 AM

V1 for me Carol purely for the natural perch.

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