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Species Cicindela sexguttata - Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

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A new species of tiger beetle (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) from the Death Valley ecosystem
Zootaxa, 2024
DOI: 10.11646/ZOOTAXA.5293.1.9

Tiger Beetles of South Dakota and Nebraska
By Stephen M. Spomer, Mathew L. Brust, Douglas C. Backlund, and Scott Weins
University of Nebraska, 2008
This booklet is an excellent guide to tiger beetles of the region. There is a beautiful image of each species with brief notes on identification, habitat, seasonality, and range.

Tiger Beetles of Manitoba: Ecology, Life History and Microsculpture
By Robert E. Wrigley, Larry de March and Erwin Huebner
Robert E. Wrigley, 2022
The book covers the 19 species occurring in prairie, aspen parkland, mixed forest, boreal forest, and tundra habitats of Manitoba, Canada. Chapters are entitled: ecology, life history, activity, distribution past and present, tiger beetles as predators and prey, observing tiger beetles, conservation status, historical quotations by scientists, tiger beetles as models for artists, and five pages of references. The book is richly supplied with large-scale images of the beetles and their habitats, 24 electron-microscope images (x 60 to 1800) detailing the morphology of several species, and images of artists' renditions of tiger beetles (e.g., belt buckle).

Tiger Beetles of New Mexico: Identification, Biology, and Conservation
By C. Barry Knisley, Mark S. Romero, Robert E. Acciavatti
C. Barry Knisley, 2023
Only fully illustrated account of tiger beetle fauna for any southwestern U. S. state, with conservation status of each New Mexico taxa, large color-coded dot map by county, with over 500 color photos.

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Tiger Beetles of the Southeastern United States: A Field Guide
By Robert Gifford Beaton, R. Stephen Krotzer, Brian D. Holt
University of Alabama Press, 2021
Looks great so far. Excellent photos and detailed range maps. Bar charts for each species showing phenology are a plus.

Validation of tiger beetles as distinct family (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae), review and reclassification of tribal relationships
By Daniel P. Duran & Harlan M. Gough
Systematic Entomology, 2020
Abstract: The higher-level taxonomy of tiger beetles is re-evaluated in light of recent publications based on large taxon sets and a large number of genetic loci. These studies have demonstrated that tiger beetles are a distinct family, Cicindelidae Latreille, sister to the Carabidae Latreille (ground beetles) or Trachypachidae Thomson (false ground beetles) + Carabidae. Recent phylogenies have also recovered consistent patterns in higher-level relationships within the tiger beetles that challenge the traditional taxonomic framework, most of which is more than a century old. These phylogenetic results are reviewed along with concordant morphological characters to create an updated higher-level classification. The subfamily Collyrinae Csiki is not supported by any modern data. We recognize six tribes, Manticorini Laporte (new sense), Megacephalini Laporte (new sense), Collyridini Brullé, Ctenostomatini Laporte, Cicindelini Latreille and the reinstated Oxycheilini Chaudoir (with emended spelling).

Checklist of the Tiger Beetles of the World, 2nd Edition
By Jürgen Wiesner
Winterwork, Borsdorf, 2020
Summary: The first edition of the “Checklist” was published in 1992 and recognized 1923 species of tiger beetles. The species were treated as a family with two subfamilies and several tribes and subtribes. This second edition follows Bouchard et al. 2011 and Duran and Gough 2020 with seven tribes and several subtribes. The tiger beetles are again treated as family, following the results of Lopez-Lopez and Vogler, 2017, and Gough et al., 2020. In these last 25 years 974 new tiger beetle species have been described or re-established, raising the species number of this “Checklist” to 2897. Contents of the book include the geographical range of each species, the complete synonymies, an extensive bibliography, and comprehensive indexes.

Tiger Beetles of Minnesota, Wisconsin, & Michigan
By Brust, Mathew [photos by Mike Reese]
Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2020
This richly illustrated identification guide to all 21 species also treats much of their biology and collection methods. Additional information about the book, author, and ordering are available here.

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