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Cicindela sexguttata

Common Name: Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle
Cicindela sexguttata
Cicindela sexguttata

Scientific Classification

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

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The six-spotted green tiger beetle is small, around 3/4" long. Their bodies are a metallic green with 6 white spots on the back.

Habitat & Range

They live in open sunny areas throughout Eastern and Midwestern United States.


The six-spotted green tiger beetle is a quick runner, and they are able to fly fast. They will eat insects and spiders. If handled by people they may bite.

Life Cycle

Eggs are laid in holes in the ground, and the larvae will burrow. The following summer they will emerge as adults.

Featured image by James Dake


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