Black-bellied Tiger Beetle
Location: Near Bragg Creek, AB
Date: Aug, 2004
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Common Name:  Black-bellied Tiger Beetle

Latin Name:  Cicindela nebraskana Casey, 1909
                        (R. Bercha, det.)

Length:  12 to 14 mm

Range: Southern Alberta

Habitat:  Grassy areas

Time of year seen:  Late Summer

Diet: Insects

Other:  The Black-bellied Tiger Beetle is a medium sized species ranging from 12 to 14 mm in length.  It is a sparsely marked beetle with both its dorsal and ventral sides colored black.  Its elongate upper lip is either tan or black in color.  The forehead is not hairy.  Although it is not a numerous species you can expect to find it in June and August.  It inhabits areas that are sparsely vegetated or have bare soil in grasslands.  Adult beetles , which are active during the day, are solitary and quick to fly when disturbed.  (Acorn, 2001 & Pearson et al, 2006) 


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