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Ohlone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela ohlone)

The Ohlone tiger beetle, endemic to California, is a member of the family of ground beetles. It was first discovered in 1987 and named in 1993 by Freitag & Kavanaugh.

Ohlone Tiger Beetle

Scientific Classification

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

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 9.5 to 12.5 mm

Color: It has a bright, silky green body, with shades of bronze of its upper col3s, alongcol3 the wing covers or elytra.  

Other Characteristic Features: Females are generally larger than males, while both sexes have long, slender legs.

Cicindela ohlone

Larva

The larvae go through three different instars, with the first lasting for 3-5 weeks, the second 5-10 weeks, and the final for 7-8 weeks. They burrow themselves underground and feed on whatever prey passes by. Though the exact description of this species’ larva remains unrecorded, like other tiger beetles, they too could be large-headed and hump-backed.

Pupa

They pupate underground and then emerge as an adult.

Egg

The egg is deposited into a few millimeters in the soil by the females after breeding.

Quick Facts

Lifespan6 weeks
DistributionSanta Cruz County, California
HabitatCoastal terraces with sandy clay or poorly drained clay
Seasons activeLate winter to spring
PredatorsParasitoid wasp
Diet of adultsSmall arthropods
Image of Ohlone Tiger Beetle

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

These beetles have reported no damage.

Did You Know

  • The Endangered Species Act of 1973 listed these beetles as endangered on the 3rd of October, 2001. Habitat loss and destruction have been identified as the primary reason behind their extremely low population.  Conservation efforts have been made to raise their numbers.
Ohlone Tiger Beetle Picture

Image Source: bugguide.net, cff2.earth.com, biologicaldiversity.org, alchetron.com

The Ohlone tiger beetle, endemic to California, is a member of the family of ground beetles. It was first discovered in 1987 and named in 1993 by Freitag & Kavanaugh.

Ohlone Tiger Beetle

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 9.5 to 12.5 mm

Color: It has a bright, silky green body, with shades of bronze of its upper col3s, alongcol3 the wing covers or elytra.  

Other Characteristic Features: Females are generally larger than males, while both sexes have long, slender legs.

Cicindela ohlone

Larva

The larvae go through three different instars, with the first lasting for 3-5 weeks, the second 5-10 weeks, and the final for 7-8 weeks. They burrow themselves underground and feed on whatever prey passes by. Though the exact description of this species’ larva remains unrecorded, like other tiger beetles, they too could be large-headed and hump-backed.

Pupa

They pupate underground and then emerge as an adult.

Egg

The egg is deposited into a few millimeters in the soil by the females after breeding.

Quick Facts

Lifespan6 weeks
DistributionSanta Cruz County, California
HabitatCoastal terraces with sandy clay or poorly drained clay
Seasons activeLate winter to spring
PredatorsParasitoid wasp
Diet of adultsSmall arthropods
Image of Ohlone Tiger Beetle

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

These beetles have reported no damage.

Did You Know

  • The Endangered Species Act of 1973 listed these beetles as endangered on the 3rd of October, 2001. Habitat loss and destruction have been identified as the primary reason behind their extremely low population.  Conservation efforts have been made to raise their numbers.
Ohlone Tiger Beetle Picture

Image Source: bugguide.net, cff2.earth.com, biologicaldiversity.org, alchetron.com

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