Bronzed Tiger Beetle Pair

Bronzed Tiger Beetles, Cicindela repanda (Dejean)

This is a common tiger beetle in Alberta, but it is the first time I have managed to photograph a mating pair. This is the same species of beetle that I photographed last fall preparing burrows along the North Saskatchewan River, right in the parks system here in Edmonton. The shoreline here is a gravelly sandy clay, and their numbers seemed to be quite high in the area.

Home of the Bronzed Tiger beetle (video frame capture)

Home of the Bronzed Tiger beetle (video frame capture)

I tried to obtain shots of individual specimens, but they were not co-operative at all this spring. Thankfully, mating pairs are less prone to flee when disturbed.

(Photographed 19 May. Thanks to John Acorn for the ID.)

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