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Species Cicindela sexguttata - Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

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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)
Genus Cicindela (Temperate Tiger Beetles)
Species sexguttata (Six-spotted Tiger Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Cicindela sexguttata Fabricius 1775
10 subspp. proposed, but none consistently diff. from other pops. (1)
10-14 mm (1)
Brilliant green coloration with six white spots distinctive. Occasional variation: bluish overall color, or spots missing.
e NA (TX-GA-ME-NE), adj. Can., but absent from the Gulf Coast area (1)
Dirt paths in grassy areas, but seldom far from the woods; often hunting along sidewalks/roads and on large lying logs
Adults mostly Apr-Jul, but some cont. into Sept. (1)
Life Cycle
Larvae burrow in sandy, clay, or loamy soils along roads and dry creek beds. Adults active in spring and early summer, rarely in fall. (2)
Probably the most commonly seen nearctic Tiger Beetle.
Print References
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.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
3.Tiger Beetles of West Virginia
Thomas J. Allen and Robert E. Acciavatti. 2002. West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.
4.Tiger Beetles: A Field Guide and Identification Manual for Florida and Eastern U.S.
Paul Merrill Choate. 2003. University Press of Florida.