Meet The Predator That Becomes Blind When It Runs After Prey
February 04, 2014
The tiger beetle can run so fast that it blinds itself. There are 2,600 species of these long-legged predatory insects, and the fastest can sprint at up to 5 miles per hour, covering 120 of its body lengths in a single second. For comparison, Usain Bolt covers just 5 body lengths per second. To match the beetle, he’d have to run at 480 miles per hour.
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A Real Survivor: The Cobblestone Tiger Beetle
July 04, 2004
Back in 1986, the cobblestone tiger beetle (Cicindela marginipennis) had it all. In March of that year, the half-inch-long beetle was elected the Plainfield Town Insect, appeared on posters and T-shirts, and even became a hot topic in the national media. Reporters and photographers who descended on the Connecticut River town of Plainfield, New Hampshire, to cover the rare beetle’s story, had no idea that they were doggedly pursuing their own namesake: “paparazzi” comes from the Italian word for “a kind of buzzing insect.”
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