Colorful Beneficial Insect

This little insect intrigued me from the moment I saw the critter.  This is a 6 Spotted-Tiger Beetle.  Gardeners love this bug because they are very beneficial to the garden.  They are a member of the ground-beetle family.  These beetles  are only about 1/2 inch long and they eat other insects with their powerful jaws.  Their habitat is the Midwest and Eastern U.S. You find them in the woods, under stones and around logs.

Their color ranges from blue, to green, or turquoise.  They can have 6-10 spots on their back or no spots at all.

These bugs have excellent eyesight.  They can fly and travel very fast with their legs on the ground.  If frightened it runs around like a chicken with its head cut off (old saying).  Apparently I scared it, because capturing these pictures in my camera lens was quite an undertaking with this bug scurrying everywhere.



The second picture shows the spots on the Tiger Beetle’s back better.  This bug looks green here, but from a distance he looked florescent turquoise.