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Six-spotted Tiger Beetle - Cicindela sexguttata - female

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle - Cicindela sexguttata - Female
Wildwood Park; Radford, Virginia, USA
May 16, 2011
This just has to be Cicindela sexguttata!

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Six-spotted Tiger Beetle - Cicindela sexguttata - female Six-spotted Tiger Beetle - Cicindela sexguttata - female

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Yep
Cicindela sexguttata she is!

 
An easy ID
but I sometimes miss those. Is it a female? And what characteristics let you know the gender?

 
sexing tiger beetles
One of the easiest ways is to look for setal pads on the tarsus of the first pair of legs. Males have these conspicuous white pads, females do not.

Females have a groove in the thorax called the coupling sulcus, which the male grips during mating, but you wouldn't normally be able to see this. In some species there are also differences in shape of the elytra, or other minor secondary sexual characteristics like extra mandibular teeth or a differently-colored labrum. Many of these are more apparent in the hand.

 
Thanks!
I appreciate that info, Ben.

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