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Species Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata - Western Red-bellied Tiger Beetle

Tiger beetle (C.oregona?) - Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata Tiger beetle - Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata Tiger beetle - Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata Cicindela sp. - Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata - female Tiger Beetles along the Rio Grande - Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata Cicindela sedecimpunctata Klug - Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata Western Red-Bellied Tiger Beetle - Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata - male - female Cicindela sp. - Cicindelidia sedecimpunctata
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 sedecimpunctata (Western Red-bellied Tiger Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cicindela sedecimpunctata Klug, 1834
subgenus Cicindelidia (1)
Explanation of Names
sedecimpunctata: 16-spotted
body length 9-11 mm (1)

Det. M. A. Quinn, 2013
dorsal color highly variable, ranging from light to dark brown; elytral maculations creamy white, incomplete; when viewed from above, lateral margins of elytra almost parallel-sided for much of length (a distinguishing feature); middle band constricted in middle, and not reaching medial or lateral margins of elytra; underside of abdomen red
AZ-TX / Mex.
sandy areas near streams, lakes, ponds, and springs; also occurs in dry or open grassy areas
May-Aug (BG data)
See Also
Wetsalts Tiger Beetle (C. haemorrhagica) is slightly larger (11-14 mm) and lateral margins of elytra are widest in middle (when viewed from above), with gently tapering anterior and posterior portions
(compare images of sedecimpunctata and haemorrhagica at USGS)
Internet References
USGS - John Riggins
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.