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Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris)

Green tiger beetle of the tiger beetle (Carabidae) family is distributed throughout Eurasia. They are known for being an agile and ferocious predator, acquiring the name because of their metallic, shiny green body.

Green Tiger Beetle

Scientific Classification

  • Family: Carabidae
  • Genus: Cicindela
  • Scientific name: Cicindela campestris

Physical Description and Identification

Adult

Size: 12 – 15 mm (0.47 – 0.59 inches)

Color: Its thorax and elytra are green varying from shades of light to dark with iridescent cream spots. The beetle also has brown legs with white hairs.

Other Characteristic Features: They have long and straight antennae that are not clubbed, alongside long legs and powerful jaws.

Cicindela campestris

Larva

They hatch in the burrows constructed in the soil by the adults. The larva goes through three instars, and before every molt, enlarging their burrows is one of their requirements. They also have strong mandibles that make hunting easy for them.

Pupa

Not much detail about the pupa is available. The pupal stage occurs within the burrow where the larva inhabits.

Egg

The eggs are pale green and oval, mostly laid inside small burrows made by the parent beetles in the ground. 

Quick Facts

LifespanApproximately two months
DistributionThroughout Europe including Spain, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom (heathlands of Dorset, Surrey, Hampshire, and moorlands of Scottish Highlands), the southern part of Sweden, and Austria
HabitatHeathland, dunes, sandy grassland, moorland; they mostly prefer dry soil regions
Common PredatorsBirds, mites, robber flies, dragonflies, small vertebrates, and other tiger beetle species
Seasons active fromApril – September
Diet  of larvae and adultsAnt, spider, grasshoppers, and other small insects that they can drag into their burrows
Green Tiger Beetle Image

Did You Know

  • The green tiger beetle’s larva is known to be parasitized by several wasp species like the solitary wasp and bee flies.
  • Their long legs help them run at top speed, about 60 cm/second.
  • During flight, they make a loud and buzzing noise.
  • The adult species love being in the sun, seen during spring and summer, but retreat into their burrows in winters.
  • They have about 11 subspecies some of them being Cicindela campestris olivieria, Cicindela campestris palustris , Cicindela campestris suffriani , and Cicindela campestris nigrita.
Green Tiger Beetle Picture

Green tiger beetle of the tiger beetle (Carabidae) family is distributed throughout Eurasia. They are known for being an agile and ferocious predator, acquiring the name because of their metallic, shiny green body.

Green Tiger Beetle

Physical Description and Identification

Adult

Size: 12 – 15 mm (0.47 – 0.59 inches)

Color: Its thorax and elytra are green varying from shades of light to dark with iridescent cream spots. The beetle also has brown legs with white hairs.

Other Characteristic Features: They have long and straight antennae that are not clubbed, alongside long legs and powerful jaws.

Cicindela campestris

Larva

They hatch in the burrows constructed in the soil by the adults. The larva goes through three instars, and before every molt, enlarging their burrows is one of their requirements. They also have strong mandibles that make hunting easy for them.

Pupa

Not much detail about the pupa is available. The pupal stage occurs within the burrow where the larva inhabits.

Egg

The eggs are pale green and oval, mostly laid inside small burrows made by the parent beetles in the ground. 

Quick Facts

LifespanApproximately two months
DistributionThroughout Europe including Spain, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom (heathlands of Dorset, Surrey, Hampshire, and moorlands of Scottish Highlands), the southern part of Sweden, and Austria
HabitatHeathland, dunes, sandy grassland, moorland; they mostly prefer dry soil regions
Common PredatorsBirds, mites, robber flies, dragonflies, small vertebrates, and other tiger beetle species
Seasons active fromApril – September
Diet  of larvae and adultsAnt, spider, grasshoppers, and other small insects that they can drag into their burrows
Green Tiger Beetle Image

Did You Know

  • The green tiger beetle’s larva is known to be parasitized by several wasp species like the solitary wasp and bee flies.
  • Their long legs help them run at top speed, about 60 cm/second.
  • During flight, they make a loud and buzzing noise.
  • The adult species love being in the sun, seen during spring and summer, but retreat into their burrows in winters.
  • They have about 11 subspecies some of them being Cicindela campestris olivieria, Cicindela campestris palustris , Cicindela campestris suffriani , and Cicindela campestris nigrita.
Green Tiger Beetle Picture

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