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  • Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle - (Cicindela sexguttata)

    Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle - (Cicindela sexguttata)

    The Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle sits on bright green plants to camouflage itself while it hunts small insects all summer long.

    Staff Writer (5/17/2016): The metallic, vibrant green color on the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle is punctuated by six white spots along the side edges of the elytra (wing covering). 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 ('thighs') close to the abdomen.

    The Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle sits in wait for passing insect prey. Like its namesake, it will hunt and attack passing bugs that never even realize they're being watched. Unlike darker Tiger Beetles, this species sits on vegetation, not the ground, making itself blend in with its chosen stalking site. If threatened, they are capable of emitting a foul smelling chemical to deter predators.

    This beetle is most active in the daytime during late spring and early summer. They can be found in wooded areas, on nature trails and in open fields near forests.

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    Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle
    Scientific Name: Cicindela sexguttata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Carabidae
           Genus: Cicindela
            Species: sexguttata

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 15mm (0.39in to 0.59in)

    Identifying Colors: green, white, black

    Additional Descriptors: metallic, green, spots, shiny, metal, emerald

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansa; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Ontario; Quebec

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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