From the common to the rare, we need your help in recording tiger beetles in Vermont. You can report your sightings to iNaturalist Vermont.
Adding your photo-observations to our iNaturalist Vermont site is easy. Once you sign up, check out the help and tutorials and then get outside and start collecting important data on bumble bees in your neighborhood, park, garden, meadow, or natural area.
With just 17 species of tiger beetles, they can be identified with good digital photographs. Check out our tips on how to best photograph them to make it easier for experts to help you identify them.
- Close-ups are the best, but sometimes even a distant image will do.
- Photograph them from a few different angles – top, side, front. If your camera has a macro setting (often indicated by a flower symbol, be sure to use it so you can focus on it closely for the most detail.
- Even a poor photo may be good enough for identification, so don’t worry if you don’t have the perfect image; you can still share it with us.
Identifying Tiger Beetles
Some species can be tricky, but with a bit of practice and patiences, you can learn to identify the Vermont species. Here are a few great field guides to help you: