Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Saturday, April 11, 2009

They're Baaaack

Last night, Ted left a comment on one of my posts.
Rejoice - tiger beetle season is almost upon us!
Ted's such a smart man:

Cicindela duodecimguttata
Bluff Spring Fen 11 April 2009

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At 00:17, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photo, Doug. We don't see 12-spotted around here too much.

I'm getting ready for my annual birthday season-opener collecting trip - this year will be down to southeast Missouri to look for new localities for the scutellaris intergrades we've found down there. I hope to do some crossing with typical lecontei up in northeast Missouri using some rearing techniques I learned from Matt Brust.

Yes, tiger beetle season is upon us!


At 06:29, Blogger Kirk said...

Great! I'm still under snow here, 95% coverage. I went to one of my tiger beetle havens and not still a foot of snow there. It's going to be a long time. Enjoy !


At 09:57, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice nice photo.

At 22:01, Blogger Ur-spo said...

there is much rejoicing

At 10:32, Blogger Gallicissa said...

Doug, any idea what these might be?


At 21:48, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Ted- I hope you blog about all that.

Kirk- A foot of snow still on the ground? Yikes, that's bad even for Maine.

lilianatel- Thanks.

Galicissa- I don't have references for a lot of tropical stuff- so I can't identify all the way to species or even to genus. What I can tell you is that it's a longhorn beetle (family Cerambycidae) from the flat-faced longhorn subfamily (subfamily Lamiinae).

At 07:46, Blogger Dave Coulter said...

Ringo is still my favorite.

At 19:51, Blogger cedrorum said...

Ah, Spring is in the air!

At 02:24, Blogger SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I have to agree with you Doug, he is a smart man and a helpful one too. :)

At 20:34, Blogger Kathiesbirds said...

I got a photo of a beetle at Las Cienegas on Sunday near Empire Gulch. Could it be one? Do Tiger beetles have to have stripes?

At 21:16, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Dave- I guess I'm too much of a traditionalist. It's always been John for me.

cedrorum- At long last

Joan- I agree

Kathie- No the markings are really variable from species to species. Post or send me a photo and I'll tell you what I think.


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