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cicindela campestris

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Beetle Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
8 Feb 2013 6:36AM
Lovely stuff again Carol. And another marvelous wee beastie, what a gorgeous colour.


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marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 6:53AM
Another terrific set Carol, I'm not sure I like this fellow though, something about him makes me shiver! Fab work as usual!
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
8 Feb 2013 6:53AM
What a lovely bug you dish up today Carol !! Could be a piece of jewelry Smile Excellent photos !!
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 7:09AM
fantastic detail carol brilliant colours and textures the leafy v1 for me today a stunner nice one Wink
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 7:15AM
Another stunning capture. V1 and V4 for me - hard to choose.
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
8 Feb 2013 7:16AM
Fantastic and great set of images,Carol,V1 is my favorite today ,
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 7:20AM
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
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 7:25AM
Super coloured beastie.
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
8 Feb 2013 7:26AM
4 well captured images Carol

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 7:44AM
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

8 Feb 2013 7:46AM
A superb set of images Carol, super details and colours. V1 for me today.Smile
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 7:46AM
What wonderful colours Carol - v1 works best for me
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 8:41AM
One to look out for in May, thank you for these fine portraits that will help me in my quest.
8 Feb 2013 8:56AM
stunning set of shot my peronal fave is v4 ! i just love the angle and the exceptional clarity in the fine detail
tashi 7 2
8 Feb 2013 9:01AM
Excellent capture and presentation. As awesome as always.Smile
mossy 5 46 1 England
8 Feb 2013 9:20AM
One ive actually seen, V1 stands out.
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 9:40AM
Another fine set detail spot-on as always
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
8 Feb 2013 9:46AM
First Class Set!
8 Feb 2013 10:01AM
Super set Carol, V1 a bit special and my favourite,
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
8 Feb 2013 10:07AM
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.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
8 Feb 2013 10:12AM
Not seen one of these before. v1 in a natural setting looks so good, and beautifully presented, Carol.

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
8 Feb 2013 10:24AM
Has to be V1 for me. Great set with superb details and colour.

8 Feb 2013 10:49AM
Buen contraste de colores..
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
8 Feb 2013 10:56AM
Very good captures carol V1 for me.


lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
8 Feb 2013 11:16AM
Super detail
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
8 Feb 2013 11:23AM
What a beauty.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 11:25AM
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!
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
8 Feb 2013 11:33AM
Eight legs which seem to go each and any way...A bit like me n a Friday night after the pub.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 11:54AM
Superb set again, Carol, fantastic detail.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 11:57AM
A little jewel Carol! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
GrinGrin: (This is another SMILE AWARD to you)
8 Feb 2013 12:10PM
Four superbly detailed close-ups of this colourful critter SmileSmileSmileSmile

8 Feb 2013 1:07PM
fine work on this set Carol

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
8 Feb 2013 1:19PM
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.

Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
8 Feb 2013 1:19PM
We have a variety of tiger beetle here, too. They certainly sparkle in the sun.
RuthyJ 12 England
8 Feb 2013 1:53PM
You have some beautiful coloured bugs out there Carol. great shots.
Tibetan 6 3 England
8 Feb 2013 1:53PM
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
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 2:15PM
Excellent the detail is superb
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
8 Feb 2013 2:28PM
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
Silverzone 10 2 England
8 Feb 2013 2:44PM
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
User_Removed 5 920 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 2:48PM
Superb detailed set SmileSmile
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 4:10PM
Another fantastic set of images Carol, love V4.
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 4:30PM
Great shot s !! the 'metallic' sheen on this beauty !!
evelen 13 5 England
8 Feb 2013 6:22PM
very colourful bug carol excellent set of captures.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 6:34PM
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
Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
8 Feb 2013 8:25PM
A super set, Carol.
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
9 Feb 2013 5:20AM
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
9 Feb 2013 1:02PM
A super set of macros!

suemason 12 2 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 5:12PM
Handsome chappie-love the irridescence
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
10 Feb 2013 6:08PM
A most impressive set of macros Carol, v1 takes some beating and would make the Big O green with envy!Grin
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
11 Feb 2013 12:32AM
I like no 1 best for the natural camouflage, but the indoor detail is better of course.
Very interesting write up,too!
V1 for me Carol purely for the natural perch.

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