Cicindela punctulata

Punctured Tiger Beetle

Cicindela punctulata, Punctured Tiger Beetle photo






Family: Carabidae

Subfamily: Cicindelinae

Length: 10-13 mm


In Cicindela punctulata the color of the elytra ranges from dark bronzy to black. There is a well-developed light-colored marking at the apex of each elytron. Also present are several additional scattered spots. Both the common name and the scientific name refer to this species' most notable feature, the two rows of punctures running longways down the elytra.

The Punctured Tiger Beetle is common in most parts of West Virginia, and seems to be present essentially statewide. It has a wider tolerance for habitat types than many other Tiger Beetles, and may be found at old strip mines, in gardens and yards, and along trails in the woods.

Insects of West Virginia