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.
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