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Genus Tetracha - Metallic Tiger Beetles

Megacephala virginica - Tetracha virginica Beetle - Tetracha carolina Emeraldy Guy - Tetracha virginica Tetracha carolina carolina - Tetracha carolina Coleoptera species, sw TN - Tetracha virginica Carolina Metallic Tiger Beetle - Tetracha carolina Tetracha carolina? - Tetracha carolina Carolina Metallic Tiger Beetle - Tetracha carolina
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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised by Naviaux (2007)
Formerly treated as subgenus of Megacephala Latreille 1802 (see discussion)
Explanation of Names
Tetracha Hope 1838
name refers to four apical teeth of the mandibles
4 spp. in our area, ~100 total(1)
so. US to Argentina
Life Cycle
nocturnal/crepuscular(2), come to lights(2)
Print References
Naviaux R. (2007) Tetracha (Coleoptera, Cicindelidae, Megacephalina); Révision du genre et descriptions de nouveaux taxons. Mém. Soc. ent. Fr. 7: 1-197.
Works Cited
1.Catalogue of Geadephaga (Coleoptera, Adephaga) of America, north of Mexico
Bousquet Y. 2012. ZooKeys 245: 1–1722.
2.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.