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Six-spotted tiger beetle

Pleased to Eat You

This might be the last thing an ant or small spider would see on the loamy forest floor, but they probably wouldn't appreciate its iridescent beauty the way we do. Behold the business end of Cicindela sexguttata, the six-spotted tiger beetle, a half-inch-long predator found throughout most of the East and Midwest, except for Florida and North Dakota. This macro photo, which combines several images with software to maintain its focus through several planes, was taken in the Biology department's insect collection by Cynthia Tedore, a 2013 PhD in biology who studied the visual systems of jumping spiders.