The Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle sits on bright green plants to camouflage itself while it hunts small insects all summer long.
The metallic, emerald green color on the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle is punctuated by six white spots along the side edges of the elytra, or wing coverings. Some individuals may also have two extra spots on either side of the mid-line. White feathery hairs can be seen on the upper legs, closer to the abdomen than the feet.
The Six-spotted Tiger Beetle sits in wait for passing insect prey. Like the big cat it was named after, this beetle stalks and attacks passing bugs that never realize they are being watched. Unlike darker Tiger Beetles, this jade-colored beauty sits on vegetation, not the ground, allowing it to blend in with its surroundings concealing its presence. If threatened, the beetle is capable of emitting a foul smelling chemical to deter predators. The Six-spotted Tiger Beetle is most active in the daytime during late spring and early summer. It can be found in wooded areas, on nature trails, and in open fields near forests.
Scientific Name: Cicindela sexguttata
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 15mm (0.39in to 0.59in)
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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.