Charming Couple

You may have noticed a longer than normal interval since the last post (or not)—the result of a family vacation to Florida.  I’m not much of a beach bum, so while the girls found inordinate pleasure laying on the hot sand and doing absolutely nothing while being baked to a crisp by the almost tropical Florida sun, I took the opportunity to look for some of Florida’s gorgeous and often endemic tiger beetles.  I visited a diversity of habitats to both the north and south of my base near St. Petersburg ranging from white sand beach to salt marsh to oak/pine sand scrub to pine rockland.  I photographed tiger beetles both at night and during the day (laying on the hot sand while being baked to a crisp by the almost tropical Florida sun!).  In total I encountered eleven tiger beetle species—five of them true Florida endemics.  We’re on our way back now, and photos are just now getting downloaded and processed, so I’m not quite ready yet to begin sharing stories in earnest.  Until then, here is a photograph of a mating pair of one of Florida’s classic coastal tiger beetle species, Ellipsoptera hamata lacerata (Gulf Beach Tiger Beetle).

Ellipsoptera hamata lacerata (Gulf Beach Tiger Beetle) | Seminole, Florida

Photo Details: Canon 50D (ISO 160, 1/200 sec, f/16) w/ 100mm macro lens + Kenko DG extension tubes (68 mm), Canon MT-24EX flash w/ DIY oversized concave diffuser. Post-processing to adjust levels and apply unsharp mask.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2011

About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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5 Responses to Charming Couple

  1. Marvin says:

    Sounds like a bugman’s holiday. 🙂 Great shot, Ted.

  2. Pingback: Charming Couple revisited « Beetles In The Bush

  3. Margarethe says:

    Amazing that those are night shots!


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