Beetles in Nebraska

The biggest among the beetles in Nebraska is the American burying beetle, found in open woodlands, forest edges, and scrublands. Another big beetle, the Japanese beetle mainly inhabiting eastern Nebraska, is active from June through September. Of the smaller beetles, the cigarette and foreign grain beetles are house pests infesting food products and several other things like leather, silk, etc.

The world’s rarest insect and presently endangered salt creek tiger beetle is endemic to Nebraska’s Lancaster County.

Beetles in Nebraska (NE)

Largest Beetles: American Burying Beetle, Japanese Beetle, Green June Beetle

Smallest Beetles: Emerald Ash Borer Beetle,Foreign Grain Beetle, Cigarette Beetle

Most Common Beetles:  Green June Beetle, Japanese Beetle

Ground Beetles

  • Great Plains Giant Tiger Beetle (Amblycheila cylindriformis)
  • Johnson’s Cream-edged Tiger Beetle (Cicindela circumpicta)
  • Ant-like Tiger Beetle (Cicindela cursitans)
  • Badlands Tiger Beetle (Cicindela decemnotata)
  • Green Claybank Tiger Beetle (Cicindela denverensis)
  • Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela duodecimguttata)
  • Big Sand Tiger Beetle (Cicindela formosa)
  • Crimson Saltflat Tiger Beetle (Cicindela fulgida)
  • Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle (. Cicindela hirticollis)
  • Blowout Tiger Beetle (Cicindela lengi)
  • Ghost Tiger Beetle (Cicindela lepida)
  • Common Claybank Tiger Beetle (Cicindela limbalis)
  • Sandy Tiger Beetle (Cicindela limbata)
  • Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle (Cicindela longilabris)
  • Sandy Stream Tiger Beetle (Cicindela macra)
  • Prairie Long-lipped Tiger Beetle (Cicindela nebraskana)
  • Salt Creek Tiger Beetle (Cicindela nevadica)
  • Beautiful Tiger Beetle (Cicindela pulchra)
  • Punctured Tiger Beetle (Cicindela punctulata)
  • Cow Path Tiger Beetle (Cicindela purpurea)
  • Bronzed Tiger Beetle (Cicindela repanda)
  • Festive Tiger Beetle (Cicindela scutellaris)
  • Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)
  • Splendid Tiger Beetle (Cicindela splendida)
  • Thin-lined Tiger Beetle (Cicindela tenuisignata)
  • Ground –Hugging Tiger Beetle (Cicindela terricola)
  • Oblique-lined Tiger Beetle (Cicindela tranquebarica)

Carrion Beetles

  • American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus)

Jewel Beetles

  • Emerald Ash Borer Beetle (Agrilus planipennis)

Longhorn Beetles

  • Asian Long-horned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)

Scarab Beetles

  • Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)
  • Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida)

True Weevils

Ptinidae Beetles

Silvan Flat Bark Beetles

  • Foreign Grain Beetle (Ahasverus advena)

Ladybird Beetles

Stag Beetles