Tiger Beetle

Tiger Beetle Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Tiger Beetle
  • Order Name: Coleoptera
  • Family Name: Cicindelidae

Beetles represent the largest Order of insects, containing over 250,000 described species. Beetle groups include tiger beetles, ground beetles, water beetles, whirligig beetles, fungus beetles, rove beetles, stag beetles, scarab beetles, wood-boring beetles, click beetles, fireflies, dermestids, ladybird beetles, darkling beetles, longhorn beetles, blister beetles, leaf beetles, weevils and many others.

This tiger beetle was found on the sandy shores of Mono Lake in California. Tiger beetles are voracious predators, chasing down and flying after their prey and using their sickle-shaped jaws to secure the victim. Many species have iridescent coloration and are good vision. This beetle was chasing the plentiful brine flies which feed on algae at the lakes edge. Tiger beetle larvae are also highly predaceous and sit in sand burrows waiting to ambush passing prey which they drag underground to devour.