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Species Tetracha impressa - Upland Metallic Tiger Beetle

Tetracha impressa (Chevrolat) - Tetracha impressa - female Tetracha impressa (Chevrolat) - Tetracha impressa - female Tetracha impressa (Chevrolat) - Tetracha impressa - female Tetracha impressa (Chevrolat) - Tetracha impressa - female
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 impressa (Upland Metallic Tiger Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Tetracha impressa (Chevrolat 1841)
Identification
The "apical lunule" (white area on the tips of the elytra) is fairly straight and constant in width. Rest of body blackish green, somewhat duller than T. carolina. In T. carolina, the white apical lunule gets distinctly wider toward the outside/forward ends. T. virginica has no distinct white areas on its elytra.
Range
se TX (Lower Rio Grande Valley) & Mexico(1)
Habitat
Moist upland areas with puddles and sparse grass
Season
Adults observed primarily May-Sep
Remarks
our only representative of the large subg. Neotetracha Naviaux 2007 (55 spp.)(1)
Works Cited
1.Catalogue of Geadephaga (Coleoptera, Adephaga) of America, north of Mexico
Bousquet Y. 2012. ZooKeys 245: 1–1722.