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Sleeping Tiger Beetle Therates sp. by melvynyeo Sleeping Tiger Beetle Therates sp. by melvynyeo
This tiger beetle was sleeping under a leaf.... biting the leaf stem to prevent it from falling :)
Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_be…
The tiger beetles are a large group of beetles known for their aggressive predatory habits and running speed. The fastest species of tiger beetle can run at a speed of 9 km/h (5.6 mph), which, relative to its body length, is about 22 times the speed of former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson, the equivalent of a human running at 480 miles per hour (770 km/h). As of 2005, about 2,600 species and subspecies were known, with the richest diversity in the Oriental (Indo-Malayan) region, followed by the Neotropics.

Tiger beetles often have large bulging eyes, long, slender legs and large curved mandibles. All are predatory, both as adults and as larvae. The genus Cicindela has a cosmopolitan distribution. Other well-known genera include Tetracha, Omus, Amblycheila and Manticora. While members of the genus Cicindela are usually diurnal and may be out on the hottest days, Tetracha, Omus, Amblycheila and Manticora are all nocturnal. Both Cicindela and Tetracha are often brightly colored, while the other genera mentioned are usually uniform black in color.
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ReelPictures Mar 26, 2014  Student Photographer
His fangs look painful o.o awesome shot though!
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In-the-picture Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:bug: Love it :iconflowerdanceplz:
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:iconladarzak:
Well, I had no idea insects could shut their eyes.  That's what I'm seeing, right? Thanks for the view onto another world, as always.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
They do rest / sleep but cannot shut their eyes due to lack of eye lid. Thanks! :)
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