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Species Habroscelimorpha dorsalis - Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle

Southern White Beach Tiger Beetle -C. dorsalis media - Habroscelimorpha dorsalis 61 - Habroscelimorpha dorsalis - male - female beach beetles - Habroscelimorpha dorsalis Habroscelimorpha dorsalis Habroscelimorpha dorsalis venusta - Habroscelimorpha dorsalis - male ZE.35246_Habroscelimorpha_dorsalis_media - Habroscelimorpha dorsalis - male Habroscelimorpha dorsalis? - Habroscelimorpha dorsalis tiger beetle on the beach - Habroscelimorpha dorsalis
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 Habroscelimorpha (Habro Tiger Beetles)
Species dorsalis (Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Cicindela dorsalis Say 1817
11-15 mm
Dorsal Coloration: white elytra with greenish-bronze complete maculations.
Open, pristine white sandy beaches on the Atlantic coast and along the Chesapeake Bay.
A summer species with activity peaking in July.
One subspecies, C. d. dorsalis, is federally listed as threatened
Print References
Boyd, H.P., R.W. Rust. 1982. Intraspecific and geographic variation in Cicindela dorsalis Say (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae). Coleopterists Bull. 36(2): 221–239.(1)
Harvey, A., & Zukoff, S. (2011). Wind-Powered Wheel Locomotion, Initiated by Leaping Somersaults, in Larvae of the Southeastern Beach Tiger Beetle (Cicindela dorsalis media) PLoS ONE, 6 (3) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017746
Internet References
Range maps, biology and photos of recognized subspecies here.
Discover Magazine Blogs--account of larva "wheeling"
Works Cited
1.Intraspecific and geographic variation in Cicindela dorsalis Say (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae)
H.P. Boyd and R.W. Rust. 1982. Coleopterists Bulletin, Vol. 36, No. 22, pp. 221-239.