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Tiger beetle (Tricondyla sp.) by melvynyeo Tiger beetle (Tricondyla sp.) by melvynyeo
Flightless tiger beetle. Taken at night in Singapore forest.

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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. Tiger beetles in the genus Manticora are the largest in size of the subfamily. These live primarily in the dry regions of southern Africa.

The larvae of tiger beetles live in cylindrical burrows as much as a meter deep. They are large-headed, hump-backed grubs that flip backwards to capture prey insects that wander over the ground. The fast-moving adults run down their prey and are extremely fast on the wing, their reaction times being of the same order as that of common houseflies. Some tiger beetles in the tropics are arboreal, but most run on the surface of the ground. They live along sea and lake shores, on sand dunes, around playa lakebeds and on clay banks or woodland paths, being particularly fond of sandy surfaces.[3]

Tiger beetles are considered a good indicator species and have been used in ecological studies on biodiversity. Several species of wingless parasitic wasps in the genus Methocha (family Tiphiidae), lay their eggs on larvae of various Cicindela spp., such as Cicindela dorsalis.[4]
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HLeandre Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
Great macro !
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Azph Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful insect!!
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imagophil Featured By Owner Edited Feb 3, 2017
"The eyes of the tiger..."  :O

Once we 've accepted the strangeness of their appearance... we are able to see their real beauty...  ;)
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Enabi-Seira Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems hungry xD
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DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
I didn't know there were flightless tiger beetles. Look at those eyes!
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
Nifty!
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome shot!!!

Kawaii Mimio 
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ChaosAlexander Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist
What tough little guy:)
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CapscesDigitalInk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Professional General Artist
Excellent exposure!
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Canon
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/200 second
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F/16.0
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100 mm
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100
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Jan 6, 2017, 11:53:47 PM
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