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Species Cicindela purpurea - Cow Path 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 purpurea (Cow Path Tiger Beetle)
Other Common Names
Purple Tiger Beetle
Explanation of Names
Cicindela purpurea Olivier 1790
12-16 mm

Purple, greenish-purple, or green. Shoulder marking absent; middle marking does not reach outside edge of elytron; apical marking short.
The middle marking is curved, but not sharply elbowed as it is in C. limbalis.
Unfortunately, some individuals differ from the above description; there is a black morph, for example.
Forehead is hairy.
widely dist. across NA, except for se US and parts of the SW (1)
Upland habitats with shale soils. Found in forest clearings, often along dirt paths through grassy areas.
Uncommon through much of its range
See Also
In the Green-margined Tiger Beetle (C. limbalis), the middle marking is sharply angled or elbowed, not curved.
Print References
Internet References
Tiger Beetles of Ontario (Steve Marshall, U. of Guelph, Ontario)
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.Tiger Beetles of Alberta: Killers on the Clay, Stalkers on the Sand
John Acorn. 2001. University of Alberta Press.
3.Tiger Beetles: A Field Guide and Identification Manual for Florida and Eastern U.S.
Paul Merrill Choate. 2003. University Press of Florida.
4.Tiger Beetles of West Virginia
Thomas J. Allen and Robert E. Acciavatti. 2002. West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.