Saturday, May 29, 2010
Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle
They are the best kind of insect. They eat small insects and spiders. So, as they join you on the path they may eat a few mosquitoes before the mosquitoes eat you.
They lay eggs in the dirt so they don't even bother any plant hosts. Even though this is the Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle, they usually have only four spots and occasionally don't have any spots at all. As far as I can tell the one in the picture is average with four spots.
Source: "Audubon Field Guide to Insects and Spiders"