3/23/03 - Newton County, Arkansas Beetle and Habitat

Beetle Habitat - damp sand and stone in foreground

This apparent Tiger Beetle, blew me away. I have never seen anything remotely similar pictured anywhere. Any beetle guys to help? The habitat was wet sand at a vehicle crossing in a mountain creek (picture above). It was very small, I'd guess 7 - 9 mm. The closest species I could find in size and color was Cicindela celeripes, which is tiny but flightless, and the habitat is dry hillsides. This beetle made short flights.

UPDATE:

Ok you beetle fans, here is the scoop on my little beetle from Barry Knisely, who is the author of the book (with Tom Shultz) called:
 
The Biology of Tiger Beetles and a Guide to the Species of the South Atlantic States
 
Bob:  Beautiful photos.....   Many of us, even me and other tb enthusiasts have been fooled by this group of Carabidae, ground beetles. They are of course riparian. I believe it is genus Elaphrus.  In fact, John Acorn (Tiger Beetles of Alberta) refers to and has a picture of a similar species and mentions it being the only thing that one could probably confuse with a tiger beetle. Barry

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