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Species Cicindelidia punctulata - Punctured Tiger Beetle

Sidewalk Tiger Beetle - Cicindelidia punctulata Tiger Beetle 2 - Cicindelidia punctulata Cicindela - Cicindelidia punctulata Cincindela - unknown species - Cicindelidia punctulata Cicindela punctulata? - Cicindelidia punctulata beetles mating - Cicindelidia punctulata - male - female Ruminations on punctulata vs. nigrocoerula - Cicindelidia punctulata Punctured Tiger Beetle - Cicindelidia punctulata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga (Ground and Water Beetles)
Family Carabidae (Ground Beetles)
Subfamily Cicindelinae (Tiger Beetles)
Tribe Cicindelini (Flashy Tiger Beetles)
Genus Cicindelidia
Species punctulata (Punctured Tiger Beetle)
Other Common Names
Sidewalk Tiger Beetle
2 subspp. n. of Mex. (1)
body length 11-13 mm (1)
slender, dark brownish-gray (in the east), with or without thin white markings on elytra; longitudinal row of pits on each elytron visible if one looks closely--see these images:

individuals from the southwest may be completely green, and have either no maculations (like this one from Arizona):

or reduced maculations (like this one from New Mexico):
Slightly sandy, open areas, such as trails and along sidewalks:
mostly: July-Aug (but sometimes April-November) (BG data)
Life Cycle
Overwinters as a larva, adults present in summer. One- or two-year life cycle.
Print References
Pearson, pp. 122-124, plate 15 (1)
Choate, p. 87, plates 111-112, 201 (2)
Acorn, pp. 32-33 (3)
Works Cited
1.A Field Guide To The Tiger Beetles Of The United States And Canada
David Pearson, C. Barry Knisley, Charles J. Kazilek, David L. Pearson, Barry C. Knisley. 2005. Oxford University Press.
2.Tiger Beetles: A Field Guide and Identification Manual for Florida and Eastern U.S.
Paul Merrill Choate. 2003. University Press of Florida.
3.Tiger Beetles of Alberta: Killers on the Clay, Stalkers on the Sand
John Acorn. 2001. University of Alberta Press.