Monday, May 19, 2014

NATURE NOTES


 I saw this pretty little beetle on one of our walks the beginning of May.  I spotted it when the sun was glinting off its shell.  


Our friend here is called the Six Spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) and I found a great page about him which you can visit at this link. 


 The photos don't do it justice because it was the most fascinating and beautiful little thing I had ever seen in the insect world.  Its outer coat shone like satin and I thought it extraordinary as I have never seen such a shiny insect, and never thought I would ever find its identity. 



I put "shiny green beetle northern virginia" in the search engine and one of the first images that popped up was my unidentified beetle, now identified. 


It was moving fast and flew off shortly after these photos were taken.



I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes Thanks for hosting such a fun meme Michelle, and an educational one also as it makes me look further than the end of my nose!

31 comments:

William Kendall said...

A beautiful color on it!

Raggedy Creations said...

it is pretty.....for a bug.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Denise,

What an amazing little beetle - love the pretty colour.
Happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Ginny said...

He is wonderful! Like a living gem! And I do see some white spots on his edge. Your photos are wonderfully close up and detailed! And you say he is in Virginia? Where did you happen to find him, near a woods? I will really have to keep an eye out!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It looks like a precious gem lying there on the sidewalk! Good research job and beautiful pictures Denise!

Gunilla Bäck said...

The metallic colour is very pretty.

Elephant's Child said...

What a delightful little beast. Gorgeous colours - to brighten anyone's day and mood. Thank you.

Indrani said...

That is amazing little critter, so colorful. Looks like it has donned its party dress. :)

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

What an exceptionally handsome little creature! Isn't it amazing how long you can live and walk in an area without noticing things like this?

Kay said...

Good gracious! It looks like a little jewel piece. Nature is full of surprises.

Weekend-Windup said...

It looks very beautiful. i think it will shine when the sun is on it.!

ladyfi said...

What a lovely beetle.

Valerie said...

Can't you just imagine a dress in that shimmering green? Well done for taking the trouble to identify it.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

My favorite shade of green too:) Nature is so amazing.

Carole M. said...

so vibrant, don't you love that metallic green; pretty handsome beetle!

maryaustria said...

What a pretty one! The color is fantastic! A wonderful series of photos!

Tanya Breese said...

he is very pretty!

Jane and Chris said...

There was something very similar in our garden at the weekend..I didn't see the spots,but then I didn't have my reading glasses on!
Jane x

TexWisGirl said...

it really is a remarkable beauty!

gigihawaii said...

What a pretty green color! You were lucky to have spotted it and captured it in pictures. Congrats.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

What a great little beetle, and clever too as he eats blue bottle fies and shelters in poison ivy.

Karen said...

Oh yes, he is a gorgeous shiny green bug!

Rose said...

I have a post somewhere with one of these in it...I am like you..thought them simply gorgeous. such a beautiful green.

Even now and then I see this almost iridescent blue wasp type of insect that is just as beautiful, but it never holds still long enough for me to get my camera.

Gail Dixon said...

We have those pretty little beetles too! I've never been able to pull off a decent shot, though. You did a beautiful job capturing the sheen. They really are quite striking.

NatureFootstep said...

great shots, and I mean it. You managed to capture the green color of the bug just the way it is. Not easy to do. :)

Susan said...

Well done at how you photographed it Denise, it truly is such a beautiful insect :D)

Ranita Sinha said...

Last week i spotted a same on the veranda but it was normal black colour..but here the colour is so nice and the colour makes the bug special..

Brian King said...

Fantastic color! He looks like he's had a brand new paint job!

Carver said...

Great shots of the beautiful bug. I love the tin turkey in the next post.

Marie said...

Isn't nature breath-taking! The smallest thing can be unbelievably beautiful! I love your beetle, and enjoyed this post very much!

Hope your ankle is all well. Mine healed pretty fast with only some soreness for a bit after.

kissed by an angel said...

You have made wonderful pictures of that beautiful and green shining little guy!!! It is not so easy to capture little insects on pictures so clearly.