Thursday, 14 June 2007

Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris)

Adult Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris - unknown subspecies) at Trevose Head, Cornwall - May 2012

OTHER NAMES: Field Tiger Beetle
Length: 10-14mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated
A large distinctive beetle found on Heath and Dunes - it is one of five Tiger Beetle species found in the UK, and probably the most famous. It has an easily recognisable colour scheme which will make it one of the simpler ground beetles to distinguish. It is a predatory species which chases down prey on the ground, so can move surprisingly fast.

Related Species:
Family: Carabidae 
Genus: Cicindela
SUBSPECIES: C. c. atlantis, C. c. balearica, C. c. cyprensis, C. c. nigrita, C. c. olivieria, C. c. palustris, C. c. pontica, C. c. saphyrina, C. c. siculorum, C. c. suffriani, C. c. calabrica 

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A very rare and local resident
 - Beetles seen at Trevose Head.

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List

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