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Ohlone Tiger Beetle Feeding - Cicindela ohlone - male

Ohlone Tiger Beetle Feeding - Cicindela ohlone - Male
Santa Cruz area, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
March 20, 2010
Dorsal view of Cicindela ohlone. The individual in this series is the same one appearing in Joyce's post here (and my previous post here). It can be seen to be a male in some of the images of this series...from the presence of the short, dense pads of setae ("hairs") on the undersides of the fore-tarsi (a character that distinguishes male tiger beetles from females).

The 2nd & 3rd images in this series were taken while this beetle was waiting and stalking for passing prey. As Joyce recounted (and documented here), there were numerous European earwigs, Forficula auricularia, at the locale. After one appeared, this tiger made a quick lunge, caught it, and began to devour it with lateral chewing movements of its formidable mandibles. In all, it took around 8 minutes for the tiger beetle to completely consume the earwig. (Joyce's 2nd photo was taken about half-way through the process.)

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Gorgeous!
Nice shots.

 
Thanks, Jeff :-)
Glad you enjoyed them...the detail of the full-size images is pretty fun to gaze at, e.g. the bi-colored mandibles (ivory, and dark-green), the hairy frons (hairs seem to disappear in some shots), the iridescent flange along the edge of the elytra, etc. They are fantastic creatures.

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