Beetles in Mississippi

Mississippi has a considerable number of recorded beetle species, most of them belonging to the ground beetle family. The largest beetle here is the eastern hercules beetle, though not commonly encountered. The southern pine beetle inhabiting the state for ages is a threat to pine trees. Another noted pest is the sugarcane beetle, mainly found near sweet potato fields here. Among the smaller species, the varied carpet beetle of the skin beetle family is a noted house pest.

Beetles in Mississippi (MS)

Biggest Beetles: Eastern Hercules Beetle, Big Sand Tiger Beetle

Smallest Beetles: Varied Carpet Beetle, Southern Pine Beetle

Scarab Beetles

  • Sugarcane Beetle (Euetheola humilis)

Rhinoceros Beetles

  • Eastern Hercules Beetle (Dynastes tityus)

True Weevils

  • Southern Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis)

Ground Beetles

  • Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)
  • Punctured Tiger Beetle (Cicindela punctulata)
  • Bronzed Tiger Beetle (Cicindela repanda)
  • Festive Tiger Beetle (Cicindela scutellaris)
  • Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle (Cicindela hirticollis)
  • Purple Tiger Beetle (Cicindela purpurea)
  • Eastern Red-bellied Tiger Beetle (Cicindelidia rufiventris)
  • Oblique-lined Tiger Beetle (Cicindela tranquebarica)
  • Big Sand Tiger Beetle (Cicindela formosa)
  • Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela duodecimguttata)
  • Splendid Tiger Beetle (Cicindela splendid)
  • S-banded Tiger Beetle (Cicindela trifasciata)
  • Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (Habroscelimorpha dorsalis)
  • Pennsylvania Dingy Ground Beetle (Harpalus pensylvanicus)
  • Carolina Metallic Tiger Beetle (Tetracha carolina)

Skin Beetles

  • Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)