Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (mating pair)

I noticed a mating pair of Six-spotted Tiger Beetles (Cicindela sexguttata) as I was photowalking along a dirt trail at Meadowood Recreation Area on 08 May 2014.

The Six-Spotted Tiger beetle is a wonderful predator to be found in the garden. Both larvae and adult tiger beetles are beneficial predators, feeding on caterpillars, ants, spiders and other small insects. Source Credit: Kim Phillips, Small Wonders.

Look closely at the full-size versions of the following photos and you will notice the male (top) is eating a reddish-colored insect while mating at the same time!

Six-spotted Tiger Beetles (mating pair)

Six-spotted Tiger Beetles (mating pair)

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