The Carolina Tiger Beetle is a ferocious predator of many pest insects, so having one around is a good thing. The attack style on prey accounts for the 'tiger' moniker for this family of beetles. Larvae are worm-like creatures and they reside in vertical tunnels, latching themselves onto the side with a hook-like feature on their body. They wait, with their mighty jaws at the surface of the hole. When an insect walks over, a larva quickly clamps its jaws on it, drags it down into the hole and eats it.
As adults, they remain predatory beetles and consume many insects that humans consider a nuisance: spittlebugs, flies, caterpillars, spiders and ants. This particular species may be considered as a natural turf-protector. A study showed it would consume insects that are known to kill short grass seen on pitches, football fields and golf courses.