Posts Tagged ‘Tiger beetles’

Amblycheila cylindriformis, New Mexico

Amblycheila cylindriformis, New Mexico

The Giant Tiger Beetle Amblycheila cylindriformis is a tank of an insect, at 35mm in length the largest tiger beetle in North America.   Unlike the more familiar day-active Cicindela tiger beetles, the flightless Amblycheila lumbers about at night, catching hapless insects in its massive jaws.

Photographing Amblycheila was difficult on account of the insect’s shiny integument, so I used a white-lined cardboard box as a miniature studio.  A strobe fired into the box produced a diffuse white light.


On display at the Audubon Insectarium.

photo details (top photo): Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D
ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f/16, indirect strobe in a white box

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Cicindela lemniscata – White-Lined Tiger Beetle
Arizona, USA

This one is for Ted, who has an excellent blog about Tiger Beetles.

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon 20D
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, flash diffused through tracing paper.

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