Tiger beetles in pics

Tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cincidelinae)

There’s no question that tiger beetles are some of the most beautiful and photogenic insects. As part of project that involved the databasing of the beetles in the family Carabidae and Tenebrionidae we photographed representative specimens for each species and subspecies from the Southwest USA in the collection’s holdings. As a result we have imaged 113 species and subspecies of tiger beetles, among others.

The images we are producing can also serve as a tool for identification. Between September 2021 and February 2022 over 500 specimens of tiger beetles from the collection were identified to species/subspecies by specialists based on the photos we are producing.

Currently we are imaging the new tiger beetle additions to the collection and posting them at Notes from Nature for data transcription.

All images by L. Musetti, unless stated otherwise.

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