The tiger with six spots

We’re walking along the River Potomac in Virginia, in Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. It’s hot and humid:

Scott's Run Nature Preserve - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Along the path are the most intensely metallic green beetles. They are Six Spot Tiger Beetles, Cicindela sexguttata.

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They have huge eyes and overlapping sickle-shaped jaws. They land in front of us on the path and fly readily as we approach.

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They sparkle as they disappear.

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