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:

  1. Hi Denise,

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

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  2. 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!

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

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  4. The metallic colour is very pretty.

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

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

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  7. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  14. 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

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  15. it really is a remarkable beauty!

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

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

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  18. Oh yes, he is a gorgeous shiny green bug!

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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.

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  21. 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. :)

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

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  23. 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..

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

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

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  26. 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.

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  27. 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.

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