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Species Cicindela repanda - Bronzed Tiger Beetle

12-spotted Tiger Beetle - Cicindela repanda Tiger Beetle - Cicindela repanda Brown Tiger Beetle [Cicindela tranquebarica?] ID Request - Cicindela repanda Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle? - Cicindela repanda Oblique-lined Tiger Beetle - side view - Cicindela repanda Common Shore Tiger Beetle? - Cicindela repanda - male - female Cicindela repanda small winged insects patrolling sand at beach - Cicindela repanda
Classification
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 Cicindela (Common Tiger Beetles)
Species repanda (Bronzed Tiger Beetle)
Other Common Names
Common Shore Tiger Beetle, Shore Tiger Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described by Pierre François Marie Auguste Dejean as Cicindela repanda
Explanation of Names
from scientific Latin repandus- "with a sinuous or wavy margin"
Numbers
Three subspecies (1):
C. repanda repanda Dejean--widely distributed
C. repanda novascotiae Vaurie--Nova Scotia
C. repanda tanneri Knaus--eastern Utah
Size
body length 10-13 mm.
Identification
Labrum small with one tooth; pronotum coppery and hairy. Shoulder marking (humeral lunule) touches or nearly touches the middle band.
Range
Most of North America: Labrador to Florida, west to Arizona, north to Alberta (see distribution map).
Habitat
Sand, gravel, or clay soil with sparse vegetation adjacent to streams and rivers.
Season
Spring and summer, but seldom seen in the hottest part of summer. Occasionally seen in early fall.
Food
A variety of insects. Also reported to take some fruit--the only tiger beetle known to do so [cite:10432].
Life Cycle
Two year life cycle, with third instar larvae passing through the first winter, and adults the second.
See Also
In the Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle (C. duodecimguttata), the shoulder marking (humeral lunule) is well-separated from the middle band.
Print References
Pearson, pp. 64-66, plate 4 (1)
Acorn (2)
Choate (3)
Internet References
Tiger Beetles of West Virginia--live adult image plus description, distribution, seasonality, common name reference [Common Shore Tiger Beetle] (Stephen Cresswell, West Virginia)
Tiger Beetles of Nebraska--live adult image plus distribution, habitat, seasonality, common name reference [Bronzed Tiger Beetle] (U. of Nebraska at Lincoln)
adult image plus description, distribution, habitat, biology, seasonality (U. of Connecticut)
pinned adult image plus description, habitat, seasonality, biology, distribution, common name reference [Bronze Tiger Beetle] (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
live adult image and common name reference [Shore Tiger Beetle] (U. of Massachusetts at Boston)
North American distribution map (Imperial College, UK)
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 of Alberta: Killers on the Clay, Stalkers on the Sand
John Acorn. 2001. University of Alberta Press.
3.Tiger Beetles: A Field Guide and Identification Manual for Florida and Eastern U.S.
Paul Merrill Choate. 2003. University Press of Florida.