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    1 - Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle, Cicindela longilabris perviridis.

    07/16/2013 Hurricane Hill and trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    2 - Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle.

    07/16/2013 Hurricane Hill and trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    3 - Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle.

    07/01/2008 Hurricane Hill and trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    4 - Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle.

    07/01/2008 Hurricane Hill and trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    5 - Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle mating pair.

    07/09/2007 Hurricane Hill and trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    6 - Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle.

    07/09/2007 Hurricane Hill and trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    7 - Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle.

    07/09/2007 Hurricane Hill and trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    8 - Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle.

    06/06/2015 Blue Mountain/Deer Park, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    9 - The Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle’s “lip” is visible from a distance, as in this view that’s similar to what a walker might see.

    05/28/2007 Hurricane Hill and trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    10 - The Oregon Tiger Beetle—above—compared to the Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle.
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    11 - The Oregon Tiger Beetle—above—compared to the Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle.

Prepared with the knowledge that the Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle is the only tiger beetle living on Hurricane Ridge, in Olympic National Park, we kept our eyes peeled in early July, 2007. Once we saw one on the trail to Hurricane Hill, we saw more on that visit and every summer since. We saw them only on wide gravelly, dusty or muddy areas on the edges of the trail free of vegetation. We have also seen Long-lipped Tiger Beetles on the east side of Blue Mountain in Olympic National Park, just off the Rainshadow trail.

The long, cream-colored labrum distinguishes this species from any similarly colored tiger beetles. It’s so prominent that an alert observer can spot it several feet away (slide 9). Compare to the labrum of the Oregon Tiger Beetle (slides 10 and 11).