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Species Cicindela formosa - Big Sand Tiger Beetle

Cicindela formosa - female Cicindela formosa unknown bug all legs and antennae - Cicindela formosa Cicindela formosa formosa - Cicindela formosa - male Cicindela formosa formosa larva (third instar) at top of burrow - Cicindela formosa Big Sand Tiger Beetle  - Cicindela formosa Cicindela formosa formosa - Cicindela formosa - female Cicindela formosa formosa - Cicindela formosa - male
Classification
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 (Common Tiger Beetles)
Species formosa (Big Sand Tiger Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cicindela formosa Say, 1817
Cicindela formosa formosa Say, 1817
Cicindela formosa pigmentosignata W. Horn, 1930
Cicindela formosa generosa Dejean, 1831
Cicindela formosa gibsoni Brown, 1940
Size
body length 15-18 mm
Identification
Brown, red, or purple with large white marks.
Two subspecies: Cicindela formosa formosa with reddish/purple elytra; C. f. generosa with dark brown to black elytra.

formosa          generosa         gibsoni            pigmentosignata
Range
United States and extreme southern Canada east of the Rockies but absent from North Carolina to Florida and along the gulf coast (see distribution map)
Habitat
Dry sandy areas: blowouts, dunes, roadsides
Season
Spring and fall (May-June, August-September in North Dakota)
Food
Other insects
Print References
Gaumer, G.C. 1977. The variation and taxonomy of Cicindela formosa Say (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae). Ph.D. dissertation, Texas A&M University. xii + 253 pp.
Choate, pp. 66-67, p. 121, plate 180 (1)
Works Cited
1.Tiger Beetles: A Field Guide and Identification Manual for Florida and Eastern U.S.
Paul Merrill Choate. 2003. University Press of Florida.