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Cicindela formosa - male - female

Cicindela formosa - Male Female
Smith County, Texas, USA
October 8, 2016
Size: Male: 17 mm, Female 18 mm
A BLUE C. formosa male. I have never seen or heard of a blue morph of this species.
The female is the typical color for this area.

Blue morph question?
Jeff, these pictures and the blue morph are just fantastic! Did anyone ever get back to you regarding your blue morph question? I saw my first C. formosa this spring in Montana. It was the more traditional maroon color. But now, having seen your stunning male, am also curious how common that all over blue coloring is for some males? Thanks for the great pics.

Hi Marian. I sent the photo
Hi Marian. I sent the photo of the blue morph to a few tiger beetle people and they had not seen blue to this extent before of C. formosa. I actually found two blue specimens.

nothing wrong with an image like this, Jeff
I think BG historically doesnt like multiple images of different specimens together just in case the individuals are not conspecific. But if the IDs are sound, I dont have a problem with it, and it's nice to shoe side-by-side dimorphism when present

To each their own. Frankly one of my pet peeves is pics of insects between people's fingers, but as long as the bug dominates the pic (as they do there), I can live with it :-D

Moved from ID Request. It's always been a rule. That being said, if you're posting a male/female pair from the same location I don't think it's really a big deal and might be considered a question of style. We do have some photos here and there of a male/female pair or a series of curated specimens which can be useful for seeing the whole range of individual variation in one image. We also have some photos of aggregations of a species (or even multiple species). So even though the rule is that the only times you should post an image of multiple specimens is when the specimens are of a eusocial species or if there's some significant interaction between them (mating, fighting, eating, etc.) there are certain times when it doesn't matter too much. I've been guilty of this myself.

only one specimen per submission
only one specimen is allowed in each submission. male and female must be submitted separately.

Please see my previous submissions
Not sure why this 'new rule' is being enforced.

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