Cicindela repanda

Bronzed Tiger Beetle

Cicindela repanda, Bronzed Tiger Beetle photo






Family: Carabidae

Subfamily: Cicindelinae

Length: 10-13 mm

Bronzed Tiger Beetles can often be found in good numbers alongside West Virginia rivers, where they hunt on the shore. Often another Tiger Beetle, Cicindela duodecimguttata, is present as well. Like a number of other West Virginia Tigers, this species is most often seen early and late in the season, and may be absent during the hottest months of summer. This beetle is probably present in all counties in the state. Nationwide, California and Nevada are the only states lacking the Bronzed Tiger Beetle (and it is present in all Canadian provinces).

Compared with many other Tiger Beetles species in the Mountain State, Cicindela repanda has its elytral markings well-developed and thick. Each of the marks extends along the sides of the elytra, but they are separate and do not form a single line along the edge of the elytra in West Virginia populations. The subspecies present in West Virginia is Cicindela repanda repanda.

Bronzed Tiger Beetle image, Cicindela repanda

Insects of West Virginia