Cicindella limbalis, face, u, Allegany, MD

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Detailed Description

New Maryland state record. Common Clay Bank Tiger beetle (Cicindella limbalis), or, in this case, the Uncommon Clay Bank Tiger beetle. The specimen and 2 others were found while we were hunting these (with permission) in the yet unopened Wills Mountain State Park in Western Maryland. As usual, much of the action was in the transmission line that ran down the ridge amidst the relatively young forest. These tigers looked different (dark, but with glinty green markings) and I grabbed a few (they were remarkably slow, and I could've caught probably a billion of them if I wanted to) to show to Jonathan Mawdsley (Tiger beetle head), and it turned out that some of them were this regionally uncommon species. Habitat was loose, silty, soil on relatively steep terrain, which is apparently preferred habitat. Fun. Photography by Erick Hernandez. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200, USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.


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