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Tribe Cicindelini - Flashy Tiger Beetles

Cicindela limbalis - female Cicindela hirticollis Glossy Green Beetle - Cicindela sexguttata beetles mating - Cicindelidia punctulata - male - female Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle (Cicindela longilabris perviridis) - Cicindela longilabris Cicindela limbata limbata - Cicindela limbata - female Cicindela pulchra pulchra - Cicindela pulchra - male Parvindela terricola - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga
Family Carabidae (Ground Beetles)
Subfamily Cicindelinae (Tiger Beetles)
Tribe Cicindelini (Flashy Tiger Beetles)
~2000 spp. worldwide, of which a half formerly assigned to Cicindela arranged into 85 subgenera; ca. 100 sp. in our area(1)
See (2) and Willis (1968)
Sexiing: males have dense hairy pads on protarsomeres 1−3 ("tarsal pads").
Color can be a tricky character:
Life Cycle
beetles are often seen in pairs, often for mate guarding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed Cicindela ohlone and Ellipsoptera nevadica lincolniana as endangered, and Habroscelimorpha dorsalis dorsalis & E. puritana as threatened
See Also
Elaphrus spp. (<10 mm) resemble miniature tiger beetles with large embossed circular spots on elytra
Print References
Willis H.L. (1968) Artificial key to the species of Cicindela of North America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae). J. Kans. Ent. Soc. 41: 303-317 (Full text)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.A field guide to the tiger beetles of the United States and Canada: identification, natural history, and distribution... 2nd Ed.
Pearson D.L., Knisley C.B., Duran D.P., Kazilek C.J. 2015. Oxford University Press. 328 pp.