A Tiger in a Beetle – Tiger Beetle
I must admit, but for the interest in photography I may have never explored as much (still very abysmal) as I am able to in the ‘wide wild world’.
Want to know more of this Tiger which can outpace Usain Bolt by 20 odd times? Read on..
On one of our monsoon expeditions to Agumbe, going around our campsite looking for prospective subjects I bumped into this very colourful and attractive beetle. Named after how they ambush their prey and the voracious eating habits, I understand there are about 2600 species of Tiger Beetles found across the world and over 200 of them are found here in India.
What you can’t miss is their attractive colour, bulging eyes and their typical long legs and foldable mandibles (pair of appendages near the mouth).
It was quite a circus to get decent images of this one. You see it right next to you, within seconds you will see it vanishing in to thin air..literally… Upon returning when I researched further, I was shocked to learn that Tiger beetles are one of the fastest runners in the world of insects. In fact, I understand Tiger Beetles can run so fast that they are no longer able to see once they start running. Quite shocking isn’t it?