Not a Lep But Pretty Cool Anyhow

Beth Johnson and I were fortunate enough on Saturday last (Sept. 1) to see Leonard’s Skipper in flight at Soldiers Delight in Baltimore Co.  But were were even luckier to see a quite rare tiger beetle, Cicindela splendida (Splendid Tiger Beetle) as well.  This striking species is the only Eastern cicindelid with this color pattern, far as I know.

An even better photo of the same individual by Beth:

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