Tiger Beetle

Common Name:Tiger Beetle

Order Name: Coleoptera

Family Name: Cicindelidae

This tiger beetle was found on the sandy shores of Mono Lake in California. Tiger beetles are voracious predators, chasing down and flying after their prey and using their sickle-shaped jaws to secure the victim. Many species have iridescent coloration and are good vision. This beetle was chasing the plentiful brine flies which feed on algae at the lakes edge. Tiger beetle larvae are also highly predaceous and sit in sand burrows waiting to ambush passing prey which they drag underground to devour.