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Species Cicindela longilabris - Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle

First Tiger Beetle of the season! - Cicindela longilabris Adult Sierran Tiger Beetle - Cicindela longilabris C. l. laurentii - Cicindela longilabris Tiger Beetles - Cicindela longilabris Cicindela longilabris - female Cicindela longilabris Glacier NP Tiger - Cicindela longilabris Carabidae: Cicindela longilabris - Cicindela longilabris
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 Cicindela (Temperate Tiger Beetles)
Species longilabris (Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle)
Other Common Names
Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle
Explanation of Names
Cicindela longilabris Say 1824
longilabris (L). 'long lip'
Body length 13-17 mm
Dorsal color dark brown to dull black, green, or blue; maculations incomplete and greatly reduced to thin lines and small dots; elytral surface covered with minute granules, resulting in a dull lustre. Labrum white and distinctly long. (According to Willis, in Cicindela, the labrum is considered "long" if its length exceeds one-half its width. In the reference images for C. longilabris in Fig. 17 of Willis and Plate 3.6 of Pearson et al(1), the length is roughly 2/3 the width.)
Correct identification often difficult; species determination based on microsculpture of elytra and habitat preference when known.
subspecies C. l. longilabris - dark brown, and C. l. perviridis - dark green.
Northeastern states to Newfoundland, across Canada to Alaska, south in the western mountains to New Mexico and California (see distribution map).
Sandy areas near bogs, forests, bare rock, forest roads and trails not frequented by humans.
mostly May-Aug (BG data)
Life Cycle
Overwinters as an adult.
See Also
C. nebraskana is very similar but has more lustre on the elytra, and is found in prairie grasslands (whereas C. longilabris is found in forest clearings and meadows).
Very detailed comparative information (e.g. morphological, habitat, etc.) for C. nebraskana and C. longilabris can be found in T. G. Spanton's 1988 paper (see "Print References" below).
Print References
Spanton, T. G. (1988). "The Cicindela sylvatica Group: geographical variation and classification of the Nearctic taxa, and reconstructed phylogeny and geographical history of the species (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae)", Quaestiones Entomologicae 24, pp 51-161. (Full Text)
Internet References
Pinned adult images (Insects of Quebec)
Pinned adult image (U. of Nebraska)
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.