The beach at Mauserts Pond at Clarksburg State Park is not spectacular by a long shot, but it does boast the claim of stomping grounds for some very cool tiger beetles. They are one of the more reliable critters around here — and one of the more difficult to photograph! (I’m the nut crawling around on his stomach trying not to breathe then all of a sudden sitting up and cursing under (or over) my breath because my quarry has flown away just as I got it into focus. That’s me.) This particular shot is from two years ago to the day. I’ve only been down to the pond once so far this year (terrible, I know), so unsurprisingly, especially given the weather, I have not seen any yet.
This pose is not the greatest, but perhaps the greatest that I captured of this unwilling model. I believe this is a Cicindela sp. That’s all, folks; I must now go battle the consequences of some horrid insomnia. I hope y’all got more rest than me.
3 thoughts on “Tiger on the Beach”
Tigers are my favourite, those mandibles are formidable.
I’m a big fan as well, but man are they tough! I actually had one land on the back deck a couple days ago, I think that’s the first one I’ve ever seen on the property. Naturally I couldn’t get within six or seven feet of it before it took off.
Unbelievably we have dune where I live that is being resurrected and it is home to a unique tiger beetle. One of the people working on the dune is a reared entomologist. One of things that got me started on macro.