Cicindela sexguttata

What is a Cicindela sexguttata? It’s a Six-spotted Tiger Beetle and if you’ve followed this Journal for the past several years you’d know that I usually start seeing them along the paths here at the Museum in March, and certainly by April. This is the latest sighting (5/8) of this emerald hued tiger beetle since I’ve been here at the Museum. I saw one at my home a few weeks back, but just one, a fleeting glance at one asRead more

A Tiger Drama

I saw the first Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)¬†of the season on the 19th of March. I’ve seen several others since. These beetles are often encountered in spring on the path or on the rocks alongside the path between Catch the Wind and Explore the Wild. Tiger beetles are small (about 1/2″) but fierce predators. However, there’s always something bigger or “badder” out there. If you’re thinking that perhaps this beetle was stepped upon by a passerby, put that thoughtRead more