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Species Cicindelidia obsoleta - Large Grassland Tiger Beetle

Cicindela obsoleta - Cicindelidia obsoleta Cicindela obsoleta vulturina LeConte - Cicindelidia obsoleta Cicindela_obsoleta_vulturina - Cicindelidia obsoleta - male ZE.35500_Cicindela_obsoleta_santaclarae - Cicindelidia obsoleta - male Tiger Beetle - Cicindelidia obsoleta Large Grassland Tiger Beetle - Cicindelidia obsoleta - female Cicindelidia obsoleta Cicindelidia obsoleta obsoleta - Cicindelidia obsoleta - male
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 Cicindelidia (American Tiger Beetles)
Species obsoleta (Large Grassland Tiger Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Cicindela obsoleta Say 1823
six subspecies, four of which occur in the U.S. (1)
15-20 mm long
“Above dark black, brown, green, and rarely dark blue with maculations that are absent in some populations, reduced to incomplete lines and dots in others, and thin but complete in others. If maculations are present, usually only the last one reaches the edge of the elytra; however, individuals in some populations can have maculations partially connected by a white line along the outer elytra edge. Below it is metallic purple to dark green. Because of its large size, it is not easily confused with any other grassland species.” (1)
Grasslands, pastures, meadows, grassy alluvial slopes, and hillsides with bare patches of soil. (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.