Purple Tiger Beetle

Leonard brought me a purple tiger beetle (Cicindela purpurea) that he found in our pastures near Lookout CA (Modoc County CA).

Tiger beetles hunt on the open ground for insects, but like grass nearby for cover. The common name derives from this insect’s behavior of chasing down its prey and capturing  it with long mandibles. Cow path tiger beetle is another name for C. purpurea.

The elytral (hardened forewing) color of the purple tiger beetle can be green, purple or red. Each elytra has a bent line in the center, a dash at the rear and a spot in front of the dash.

The life cycle of the purple tiger beetle takes two or three years to complete.

Some husbands bring their wives flowers or candy. . . . .

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2 Responses to Purple Tiger Beetle

  1. lin says:

    Good find !!!

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