The Tiger beetles Insect Cicindela campestris is a large tiger beetle, with a body length of up to 0.5 inches (13 mm). it is found on sandy heaths and hillsides. The larvae dig burrows in the ground, often near pathways, to catch unwary insects in pitfall traps.
Common name: Tiger beetles
Number of Species: About 1600 ( 119 u.s.)
Size: From about 0.4 in (10 mm) to 3 in (8 cm)
Key features: Body often brightly colored, metallic, bluish, green, violet, bronze, purple, or orange; sometimes black, whitish, or gray; elytra smooth, widest behind the middle; eyes large and bulging; head wider than that of ground beetle; antennae long and threadlike, inserted above the base of each of the sicklelike mandibles; legs long and slim, adapted for covering the ground at speed in pursuit of prey
Habits: Adults mainly ground-dwelling, day-active insects that scurry rapidly around and easily burst into flight, larvae strange, large-headed “s”-shaped creatures that live in burrows in the ground
Breeding: Usually no courtship before mating; generally smaller male “rides” on female for considerable periods while grasping her in his jaws; eggs normally laid in the ground, often while the male is still holding the female
Diet: Insects, worms, and other small animals
Habitat: Mainly in dry, open country such as deserts, salt pans coastal sand dunes, and heaths; also in forests and along streamsides
Distribution: Worldwide, but commonest in warm regions; avoids the very coldest areas.
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