Who am I?

  1. What is my name?
  2. Where do I live?
  3. Who do I hang with?

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2010

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About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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10 Responses to Who am I?

  1. maggie says:

    As a very amateur amateur, I’m going to guess Cicindela theatina, Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes Tiger beetle, and will probably be terribly wrong.

  2. Kent says:

    These are very good questions. Every morning one should ask these questions and then do their very best. I like to add: and what am I going to do about it? to my morning affirmations. That is a great beetle photo by the way. Keep up the good work,

  3. TGIQ says:

    Cicindela togana

    Saline shorelines, salt marshes/flats; salty wet places🙂

    Um…other salty-liking creatures?

    • TGIQ says:

      Oh, these guys!🙂

      Cicindela fulgida rumppii, exclusively in vegetated dry sand areas around the salt flats.
      Cicindela (Cicindelidia) nigrocoerulea, mostly 10-20m from the water’s edge, a few also in roadside habitat.
      Cicindela (Cicindelidia) punctulata chihuahuae, exclusively in roadside habitats.
      Cicindela (Cicindelidia) willistoni estancia, mostly along the water’s edge.
      Cylindera terricola cinctipennis, exclusively in dry grassy areas away from the water.
      Ellipsoptera nevadica, exclusively along the water’s edge.
      Habroscelimorpha circumpicta johnsoni, limited to roadside habitats and vegetated dry sand areas around the salt flats.

      I guess it’s properly called Eutona togana? Most records I found list it as Cicindela.

  4. Aaron says:

    I’m an amateur also, but I’ll give it a shot:

    1. Cicindela togata, White-cloaked Tiger Beetle.

    2. Salty and sandy places (vague enough?). I’m guessing Oklahoma for the photo?

    3. C. circumpicta, C. nevadica

  5. DougT says:

    I’ll agree with Aaron that TGIQ got to the right answer first. I’ll guess that this particular one was photographed on the road to nowhere.

  6. I can’t believe nobody got the right answers. My name is Ted, I live in St. Louis, and I hang with other bug dudes like Chris, Rich, Kent…

    Oh, you thought I meant the beetle…
    🙂

    Lots of points to award here:

    • 5 points to Maggie for being the first to step up to the plate.
    • 5 points to Kent for such a quirky, made-me-laugh answer.
    • 10 points to TGIQ for going down the right track before anyone else. Bonus points for details on the presumed associates.
    • 10 points to Aaron for nailing the true locality (the hardest of the three questions).
    • A pat on the back to Doug for agreeing with someone who got points🙂

    The “official” answers:

    1. 1. Eunota togata globicollis (Alkali Tiger Beetle)
    2. 2. Central and southern Great Plains (photo taken at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma).
    3. 3. Cicindela fulgida, Ellipsoptera nevadica knausii, Habroscelimorpha circumpicta johnsonii, et al.

    Details forthcoming…

  7. jason says:

    See, I had all these answers–both sets of answers in fact–but I decided to drink a beer instead of typing. One must have priorities!

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