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Tiny Tigers

Dr. Biology chases down Research Professor David Pearson to learn about his work with some cool insects called tiger beetles.

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Topic Time
Do tiger beetles run so fast that they go blind? 00:20
Title of Field Guide for Tiger Beetles 00:50
World map and the travels of David Pearson 01:15
How many languages do you speak? 01:45
Functions of Tiger beetle colors and patterns 02:15
Camouflage 03:02
Color mimicry (looking like other animals) 03:12
Temperature control 03:34
Where can you find tiger beetles? 04:32
How many species of tiger beetles have been discovered? 04:32
The answer to the question - do tiger beetles run so fast they go blind? 05:23
How fast can a tiger beetle run? 05:23
What is it like to be hunted by a tiger beetle? 05:46
What got you started studying tiger beetles 06:43
What are other uses for studying tiger beetles? 07:15
Bioindicators 07:46
Do you have any interesting stories from all your travel? 08:54
Guinea worm (Fire Worm) 09:09
When did you first know you wanted to be scientist? 09:58
If you were not a biologist, what would you be? 10:41
Ecotourism 11:17
Play-by-play of being hunted down by a tiger beetle. 12:17
Advice for young scientists 13:31

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Tiny Tigers

Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

Green tiger beetle

A six-spotted tiger beetle. Image by Katja Schulz. Learn more about tiger beetles in our story Tough, Tiny Tiger Beetles.

Find out about how some tiger beetle larvae move in Larval Beetles Spin Their Wheels on the Beach.

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Green tiger beetle

A six-spotted tiger beetle. Image by Katja Schulz. Learn more about tiger beetles in our story Tough, Tiny Tiger Beetles.

Find out about how some tiger beetle larvae move in Larval Beetles Spin Their Wheels on the Beach.

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.