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Species Tetracha carolina - Carolina Metallic Tiger Beetle

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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 Megacephalini (Big-headed Tiger Beetles)
Genus Tetracha (Metallic Tiger Beetles)
Species carolina (Carolina Metallic Tiger Beetle)
Other Common Names
Pan-American Big-headed Tiger Beetle(1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Megacephala carolina (Linnaeus)
Explanation of Names
Tetracha carolina (Linnaeus 1767)
Numbers
Formerly considered to contain two subspecies: carolina and floridana. A recent (2007) revision of the genus gives floridana status as a full species -- see discussion and the genus page
Size
12-20 mm(1)
Identification

dorsal surface glossy metallic green, often mixed with red or purple; large cream-colored spots (apical lunules) at apex of elytra
Range
so. US (CA-FL-VA-OK) to S. America(1)
Habitat
Sandbanks of rivers, pastures, open, disturbed areas; often near water. Hides under boards, rocks, trash, etc. during day.
Remarks
Nocturnal. Comes to lights. Apparently, does not fly often.
See Also

T. impressa (southmost TX)
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.