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Species Parvindela lunalonga - Meadow Tiger Beetle

Cicindela lunalonga - Parvindela lunalonga Cicindela lunalonga - Parvindela lunalonga Cylindera lunalonga - Parvindela lunalonga - female Cylindera lunalonga (Schaupp) - Parvindela lunalonga - female ZE.35390_Cylindera_lunalonga - Parvindela lunalonga - male Meadow Tiger Beetle - Parvindela lunalonga - male - female Meadow Tiger Beetle - Parvindela lunalonga Meadow Tiger Beetle - Parvindela lunalonga
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 Parvindela (American Diminutive Tiger Beetles)
Species lunalonga (Meadow Tiger Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Cicindela lunalonga
=C. terricola lunalonga
Explanation of Names
The scientific name refers to the long humeral lunule on the elytra.
Identification
The species can exhibit very thin maculations to immaculate. The small size and dull appearance will generally separate it from other species in the region. It often appears with Cicindela haemorrhagica, but size, maculations (or lack thereof), and blue abdomen will readily separate it from this species.
Range
Central Valley of California to the northern Sierra Nevada (the Sierran montane meadow population may be a different sp./ssp., see specimen pictured in Plate 22 of Pearson, Knisley, & Kazilek(1) )
Habitat
Mud puddles, irrigation ditches, areas of high water-table adjacent to streams and rivers, and montane meadow.
Season
May-July
Food
Small arthropods
Life Cycle
Single summer emergence of adults.
Remarks
The species occupies two distinct habitats in two separate regions of California. Therefore there is some concern that the two populations represent two sister taxa. Until recently the Central Valley form had not been seen since the early 80's. Now that sites have been located it is hoped that mtDNA analysis of the two populations will resolve these questions.
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.