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Species Amblycheila cylindriformis - Great Plains Giant Tiger Beetle

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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 Amblycheilini
Genus Amblycheila (Giant Tiger Beetles)
Species cylindriformis (Great Plains Giant Tiger Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Amblycheila cylindriformis (Say)
Orig. Comb: Manticora cylindriformis Say, 1823
29-35 mm (1)
All black to brownish. Entire surface of elytra covered with pits--distinctive character for this species (1).
See key on genus page.
Rocky Mountain Front Range (NM-TX-SD-WY) (1)
Great Plains sandy sagebrush areas.
April to September (2)
Life Cycle
Larvae tend to occur in dirt at mouths of mammal burrows, also in faces of clay bluffs.
This flightless and nocturnal sp. was first coll'ed by Say along the Arkansas River near the Rocky Mountains in Colorado (3)
Print References
Pearson et al., p. 50, plate 1 (1)
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.
2.eAgra: Western Hemisphere Caraboidea
3.The Natural History of the Long Expedition to the Rocky Mountains (1819-1820).
Evans, H.E. 1997. Oxford University Press, xii + 268 pp.