Green tiger beetle (Cicindela campestris)

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Green tiger beetle fact file

Green tiger beetle description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilyCarabidae
GenusCicindela (1)

This species is the commonest British tiger beetle (2). All tiger beetles are long-legged and fast-running. When disturbed they make fast, buzzing short flights (3). Adults are a beautiful iridescent green in colour with yellowish spots on the elytra or wing cases. Their large eyes and mandibles belie the fact that these beetles are superb predators (4).

Size
Length: 10.5 – 14.5 mm (2)
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Green tiger beetle biology

The adults can be seen from April until September (2). Both adults and larvae are fearsome predators of other invertebrates. The larvae dig pits, typically on pathways, in order to create a pitfall trap (4).

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Green tiger beetle range

This beetle is widespread and common in many parts of Britain (1). It has a wide Eurasian range, and is found from Europe across Siberia to the Pacific Ocean (4).

You can view distribution information for this species at the National Biodiversity Network Gateway.
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Green tiger beetle habitat

This tiger beetle is always found in sunny sites (1). It occurs in areas with bare ground and little vegetation such as sandy heaths and hillsides, and raised bogs. It is associated with well-draining soils (4).

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Green tiger beetle status

Not threatened (2).

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Green tiger beetle threats

This species is not threatened.

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Green tiger beetle conservation

Conservation action is not required for this species (4).

There may be further information about this species available via the National Biodiversity Network Gateway.
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Find out more

For more on invertebrates and their conservation see Buglife, the invertebrate conservation trust:
http://www.buglife.org.uk/

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Glossary

Elytra
In beetles and earwigs, the hard fore wings. They are held aloft when the insect flies, and are often coloured or patterned.
Larvae
Stage in an animal’s lifecycle after it hatches from the egg. Larvae are typically very different in appearance to adults; they are able to feed and move around but usually are unable to reproduce.
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References

  1. National Biodiversity Network Species Dictionary (January2004): http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nbn
  2. Harde, K.W. (2000) Beetles. Silverdale Books, Leicester.
  3. Chinery. M. (1993) Insects of Britain and Northern Europe. Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, London.
  4. The ground beetles of Ireland (January 2004): http://www.ulstermuseum.org.uk/carabids/7122.html
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Green tiger beetle

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