Tiger Beetle Zoom Gallery
By Dr. Biology
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- Common name: a name used to describe a plant and animal by a local community. Many plants and animals have several common names, but only one scientific name. Example, Leaf-Cutter ant is one of the common names for Acromyrmex versicolor.
- Scientific name: the Latin name used by scientists around the world to describe a particular plant or animal. Scientific names have two parts. The first part describes the genus, or group of related species. The second part describes the specific species. Example: Acromyrmex versicolor is the scientific name for the leafcutter ant. There is only one scientific name for each plant or animal and scientific names are always italicized.
Up-close with tiger beetles
Some of the fastest animals on Earth are below. That’s right, if these tiny insects were as large as a horse they would be running 200 miles an hour. These tiger beetles were captured using a special microscope and software that takes many pictures at different depths and then builds a single sharp image. The work was done at the International Institute for Species Exploration. A special thanks to April Ramirez for her help with this gallery and to David Pearson for loaning these specimens from his personal collection.
In case you are wondering why there are grey lines on each image, they are used to show the size of each tiger beetle. Microscopists call these lines scale bars, because they let a person know the size of an object. All the grey lines below are equal to 5 millimeters, or half a centimeter.