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Green Tiger beetle (Cicindela campestris) ovipositing

By Vpics
A female Green Tiger Beetle excavating a hole in preperation for ovipositing. The back of her abdomen is a great digging tool and the small clods of drying soil behind her have been lifted out by it.

I just finished processing and uploading a short video of this beetle and if you're interested it can be viewed here:
I had to shorten it unfortunately because it was a bit too large a file to upload, it starts about 2/3rds of the way through the process of making the hole for her eggs.

Tags: Nature Macro Female Insect Close-up and macro Ovipositing Egg laying Green Tiger Beetle Cicindela campestris

Voters: KarenFB, Cor, JenniCh and 7 more

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JenniCh 15 32 2 England
20 Jun 2012 7:53PM
Fascinating creature, great shot!

Snapitt 11
20 Jun 2012 7:57PM
Superb shot. Excellent detail

20 Jun 2012 11:53PM
Lovely macro work.
mattberry 16 259 14 Greece
7 Jul 2012 10:54PM
Lovely shot which deserves more attention, you only get that these days with stacked images! A single frame is not enough for some anymore.

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