Stephen M. Spomer, W. Wyatt Hoback, Doug Golick, and Leon Higley
Tiger beetles are predacious insects that live in a variety of habitats including stream edges, forests, beaches, and deserts. Tiger beetles are highly active and are well-known for their quick running and agile flying abilities. Many species of tigers beetles are brilliantly colored. Others are camouflaged, blending well into their habitat. About three-fourths of the tiger beetles in North America belong to the genus Cicindela. Species are distinguished by differences in size, coloration, and markings on their wing covers.
Tiger beetles are important components of the ecosystem. They are an important part of the food chain and are also bio-indicators of the environment. The presence or absence of certain species can provide information on the quality of the habitat, successional stage of the habitat, and/or alterations to the habitat.