The Festive Tiger Beetle always wears party colors as its scours open ground for insect meals.
A metallic gleam shimmers on the body of the Festive Tiger Beetle. The dark, earthy red abdomen sometimes has shades of orange-bronze on it. The head and thorax are an emerald green and may have wisps of white hairs on it as well as its legs and underbelly. Legs are a metallic black with hues of green. Large, round eyes protrude from the sides of the head. The hunting grounds of this active predator include areas with little vegetation or cover. They can be seen wandering among the streets, sidewalks, and sand dunes.
Scientific Name: Cicindela scutellaris
Size (Adult; Length): 11mm to 13mm (0.43in to 0.51in)
Colors: red, green, black, white, orange
Descriptors: metallic, bronze, emerald, two-toned, two colors, white hairs
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.