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Close second to a tiger beetle - Opisthius richardsoni
Santiam River/Rest Area on Interstate 5, Linn County, Oregon, USA
July 12, 2011
Size: 14mm (approx)
Is this Elaphrus americanus or Opisthius richardson? I thought it was a species of Tiger beetle all along. I caught 8 of them last summer (2011), and have been rearing them in 10 gal aquarium w/native sand (from site on Santiam river) and have been feeding them tiny termites and flightless fruit flies. They love the termites! At present(winter Feb 2012), I'm hoping they are still alive and maybe just in diapause, because they "went to ground" in the fall. (They buried themselves in the sand). I have them in garage, temp. is about the same as outside, so when weather warms up and daylight hours extend,I'm hoping they will make an appearance.