Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Megacephala in my yard

I was pretty excited to run into this brilliantly colored tiger beetle yesterday evening; just four genera of tiger beetles are found in the United States as a whole - and only two in Florida!

The aptly named Megacephala bears large mandibles which it uses to catch and ravage prey. A nocturnal and opportunistic predator, Megacephala carolina is fleet-of-foot, and as agile as a… Well… As agile as a tiger!

Three varieties of Megacephala are found in Florida: Megacephala virginica, Megacephala carolina floridana (found in South Florida), and of course, Megacephala carolina as shown here from my backyard in Tallahassee.

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