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My favourite early spring critter is Cicindela campestris, more commonly known as the green tiger beetle, and is a widespread species of tiger beetle. The elytra and thorax vary from light to dark green and the pattern also varies. They are sun-loving creatures and can fly rapidly, making a loud buzzing noise. They are found in sandy areas where the larvae dig burrows and ambush passing ants and other crawling insects. They run very fast, making them notoriously difficult to capture on camera. They are carnivorous, feeding on a variety of other invertebrates. Long sensory bristles spring from various parts of their bodies but these are very slender and only visible close up.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:cicindela campensis
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:24 Jan 2014 - 6:07 AM
Tags:Beetle, Cicindela campestris, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:74
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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6108 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2014 - 6:21 AM

Brilliant, what a lush colour.

Andy

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LynneJoyce
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24 Jan 2014 - 6:38 AM

What a splendid creature, great capture and a very informative description.

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ColleenA
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24 Jan 2014 - 6:38 AM

He is a colourful little critter, well capturedCarol...great macro of the bristles

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Caziwinkles
24 Jan 2014 - 7:01 AM

Very interesting write up Carol - and a great image of this colourful character. Smile

Carol

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Mike_Young
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24 Jan 2014 - 7:07 AM

Wow an impressive insect, great shot Carol

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SUE118
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24 Jan 2014 - 7:19 AM

A very pretty bug, have a good weekend.Smile

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Fred263
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24 Jan 2014 - 7:46 AM

Great image & narrative of one mighty bug.Grin
Fred

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Mollycat
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24 Jan 2014 - 7:46 AM

Thank you for the narrative. This guy looks as if he's been in the wars. Excellent capture Carol. Peter.

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viscostatic
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24 Jan 2014 - 8:27 AM

A beautiful little creature Carol. You have done well to get such an elusive beastie.

Phil.

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DicksPics
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24 Jan 2014 - 8:41 AM

A superb macro and interesting write up, Carol.

Richard

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moiral
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24 Jan 2014 - 9:00 AM

Very colourful little creature. Moira

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Badgerfred
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24 Jan 2014 - 9:02 AM

Super macro Carol, excellent detail,
Fred.

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richmowil
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24 Jan 2014 - 9:07 AM

Beautiful image Carol!! Stunning colour and great script!!

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ddolfelin
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24 Jan 2014 - 9:14 AM

Top marks for this one, Carol!

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barbarahirst
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24 Jan 2014 - 9:16 AM

How cute is this one

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tedtoop
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24 Jan 2014 - 9:42 AM

Great shot.

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Nikonuser1
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24 Jan 2014 - 10:55 AM

Great looking critter Carol, a super captureSmile


Cliff

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CarolG
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24 Jan 2014 - 10:56 AM

Forgot to upload the variants, doh Sad

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SlowSong
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24 Jan 2014 - 10:57 AM

What an amazing creature. It looks as if it's made up of about four different types of insect/beetle. Super shots. I've never seen anything like it.
x

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ali63
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24 Jan 2014 - 11:13 AM

Simply brilliant Carol,

Ali Grin

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rontear
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24 Jan 2014 - 11:22 AM

Beautiful beetle Carol.
Ron

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BarbaraR
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24 Jan 2014 - 11:27 AM

He's super, especially on the brown leaf.
Great set, V4 perhaps my fave.

B.

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ChiliMan
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24 Jan 2014 - 11:32 AM

Superb captures of this gorgeous beetle, Carol! Wow. Vs 2 and 4 are fascinating for those mandibles and the hair Smile

The mention of sandy areas and digging burrows made me think of antlions. Which my brother and I found very fascinating when we were kids. On holiday in Malaysia there were antlion traps in the fine sand beneath our seaside chalet...with an antlion waiting under each trap for a poor ant to fall in. Nature is pretty amazing.

Andrew

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TonyDy
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24 Jan 2014 - 11:42 AM

Great set, Carol - the colour is fantastic.
Tony

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ukgubbi
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24 Jan 2014 - 11:46 AM

Love the closeup. Very colorful. I once again appreciate " you are very very good at macros"

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sparrowhawk
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24 Jan 2014 - 11:46 AM

wonderful set v4 is my fave for the angle and the antenna

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prabhusinha
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24 Jan 2014 - 12:39 PM

It came alive with the write up, Thanks for sharing .

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EileenH
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24 Jan 2014 - 12:49 PM

Lovely set, like V2Smile

Eileen

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briantjjones
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24 Jan 2014 - 2:01 PM

Carol, A well composed set of images, lovely colour contrasts, Looks like a nasty set of jaws!
Brian J.

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kuvailija
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24 Jan 2014 - 2:29 PM

Super Carol macros again + the write up ! - Excellent , ofcourse! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile

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fentiger
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24 Jan 2014 - 2:34 PM

Great set of macros of this (new to me) little critter.

Albert

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ValeryAst
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24 Jan 2014 - 2:57 PM

Brilliant set! I love all of them!Smile
P.S. Unfortunately I do not know, Carol, what kind of butterfly would come out of this caterpillar...
Regards Valery

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EMJAYCEE
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24 Jan 2014 - 4:12 PM

Your managed to nail him Carol even if he can run very fast. Excellent set.
Joan.

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24 Jan 2014 - 4:23 PM

A great narrative and even better pictures.

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Niknut
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24 Jan 2014 - 4:44 PM

Great stuff !!......amazing hairy little beastie !!, especially in V4 !!

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TrevBatWCC
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24 Jan 2014 - 5:30 PM

Love the iridescent colours Smile Excellent set, Carol, with V3 being my fave Wink
Trev Smile

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Lillian
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24 Jan 2014 - 6:17 PM

Great colours but the set is so sharp
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mikbee
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24 Jan 2014 - 7:58 PM

Another excellent set of close ups Carol.
Great set.
Mick.

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pamelajean
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24 Jan 2014 - 8:33 PM

I like seeing all of those bristles in V4, Carol, that one's my favourite.

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GeorgePlatis
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24 Jan 2014 - 8:50 PM

Fabulous captures in great detail of this cicindela campensis , Carol!
Regards,
George

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AlexAppleby
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24 Jan 2014 - 11:22 PM

Wow - never seen one of these before. What a glorious little critter - I love it. Well taken shots that show us the all round picture.

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accipiter
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25 Jan 2014 - 6:15 PM

An amazing bug Carol. Beautiful images. A

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25 Jan 2014 - 7:43 PM

Awesome pin sharp details and some eyecatching colour in these images Carol, you've nailed this little critter good and proper

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annettep38
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27 Jan 2014 - 11:56 PM

a beetle that was certainly created for Isabelle! beautiful in every way, Carol!

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