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Species Cicindela limbalis - Common Claybank Tiger Beetle

Green-margined Tiger Beetle - Cicindela limbalis Green-margined Tiger Beetle - Cicindela limbalis Tiger beetle - Cicindela limbalis 9015896 Cicindela - Cicindela limbalis Cicindela limbalis ZE.26833 - Cicindela limbalis - male Purple Tiger Beetle - Cicindela limbalis Cicindela limbalis Cicindela limbalis - female
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 (Temperate Tiger Beetles)
Species limbalis (Common Claybank Tiger Beetle)
Other Common Names
Green-margined Tiger Beetle
Explanation of Names
LIMBALIS: a variation (?) of the Latin "limbus", meaning margin or border - possibly a reference to the thin green border on the elytra (the origin of the common name Green-margined Tiger Beetle)
body length 12-16 mm
color of dorsal surface varies greatly, from brick red to metallic red to reddish-purple to reddish-green, and rarely dull green or brown; elytral markings highly variable: (humeral lunule complete, broken, or rarely absent; middle band complete and sharply angled or consisting only of a transverse dash; apical lunule complete or broken; marginal line always absent)
many specimens have green on the outer and inner margins of the elytra, which is the basis of the common name, Green-margined Tiger Beetle
central and mid-eastern North America (see range map)
usually steep, moist bare clay soil, including open hill tops, dirt roads, and especially river or stream banks (US Geological Survey)
April through June, and again from late August through September
Life Cycle
3-year life cycle (US Geological Survey)
See Also
Purple Tiger Beetle (Cicindela purpurea) is similar but has no humeral lunule and its middle band is almost straight or gently curved, not sharply angled
Internet References
pinned adult image plus common name reference [Green-margined Tiger Beetle], and other info (Steve Marshall, U. of Guelph, Ontario)
pinned adult image (Insects of Cedar Creek, Minnesota)
pinned adult image and other info (Tiger Beetles of United States, US Geological Survey)
pinned adult images showing range of coloration and markings (North Dakota State U.)
live adult image (
pinned adult image (U. of Vermont)
live adult image plus common name reference [Clay Bank Tiger Beetle] and other info (U. of Nebraska)
preserved adult image (Ground Beetles of Canada, CBIF)
pinned adult image (Insects of Quebec)