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Tiger Beetle Zoom Gallery

By Dr. Biology

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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.


<em>Cheilonycha auripennis</em> - Bicolored Mound dwelling <em>Phaeoxantha klugii</em> - Klug’s Xanthine Tiger <em>Chaetodera albina</em> - White Sand Tiger Beetle <em>Calochroa octonotata</em> - Giant Riverine Tiger Beetle
Cheilonycha auripennis
Bicolored Mound dwelling Tiger Beetle
Bolivia
Phaeoxantha klugii
Klug’s Xanthine Tiger Beetle
Bolivia
Chaetodera albina
White Sand Tiger Beetle
Northern India
Calochroa octonotata
Giant Riverine Tiger Beetle
Northern India

<em>Cicindela pulchra</em> - Beautiful Tiger Beetle <em>Pancallia angulicollis</em> - Teak Tiger Beetle <em>Tetracha carolina</em> - Carolina Metallic Tiger <em>Pseudotetracha corpulenta</em> - Stout Tiger Beetle
Cicindela pulchra
Beautiful Tiger Beetle
Southwestern USA
Pancallia angulicollis
Teak Tiger Beetle
South India
Tetracha carolina
Carolina Metallic Tiger Beetle
Southern North America
Pseudotetracha corpulenta
Stout Tiger Beetle
Western Australia

<em>Pometon bolivianus</em> - Bolivian Ornate Tiger <em>Manticora latipennis</em> - Broad-winged Manticora <em>Habroscelimorpha circumpicta</em> - Cream-edged Tiger Beetle <em>Tricondyla gounellei</em> - Gounell’s Trunk Tiger Beetle
Pometon bolivianus
Bolivian Ornate Tiger Beetle
Bolivia
Manticora latipennis
Broad-winged Manticora
South Africa
Habroscelimorpha circumpicta
Cream-edged Tiger Beetle
Southwestern USA
Tricondyla gounellei
Gounell’s Trunk Tiger Beetle
Southern India

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.

ant, photo by Alex Wild

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ant, photo by Alex Wild

It's like having your own microscope! Visit our Zoom Gallery to explore and have fun zooming in and moving around each image.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.