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Long legged tiger beetle in El Nido


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Back view of the tiger beetle

Back view of the tiger beetle

While exploring a deserted beach in one of El Nido’s eastern barangays, I noticed that there were some insects crawling on the white sand beach. When I did took a closer look, I was just amazed at what I saw: a long legged tiger beetle that I can’t identify!

Other than the rather long legs of this insect, which is so much unlike with most species that I encounter in the field, the elytra of this beetle is also beautifully designed with longitudinal black stripes against white. It’s the first time for me to see this species.

There were several tiger beetles of this species flying about and landing on the sand. But I did not see any other species. While I was there not to collect beetles, I just took photographs of this beautiful insects.

Can anyone identify this?

Front view of the tiger beetle

Front view of the tiger beetle

Environ of where the tiger beetle was photographed

Environ of where the tiger beetle was photographed

  • Riccardo Sciaky

    It is most probably Abroscelis tenuipes (see for instance http://carabidae.org/taxa/tenuipes-dejean-1826?mode=all), of which the ssp. araneipes lives in the Philippines.
    My best regards
    Riccardo Sciaky

  • estancabigas

    Thanx for the ID Riccardo. Another one gave the same ID via email. 🙂