tiger beetle


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tiger beetle

n.
Any of numerous active, brightly colored, predatory beetles of the family Cicindelidae, chiefly of warm, sandy regions, having large jaws and sluggish larvae that live in vertical burrows.

tiger beetle

n
(Animals) any active predatory beetle of the family Cicindelidae, chiefly of warm dry regions, having powerful mandibles and long legs
[C19: so called because it has patterned, sometimes striped, wing covers]

ti′ger bee`tle


n.
any of numerous active, usu. brightly colored beetles, of the family Cicindelidae, that prey on other insects.
[1820–30]
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Noun1.tiger beetle - active usually bright-colored beetle that preys on other insectstiger beetle - active usually bright-colored beetle that preys on other insects
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
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Three invertebrates -- the cobblestone tiger beetle, frigga fritillary butterfly and six-whorl vertigo snail -- could also be listed endangered.
The National Trust, as well as promoting its picnics, invites people to take part in all manner of activities, including investigating the beach for prehistoric footprints, following the Red Squirrel Walk and counting how many you spot, watching wading birds on the shoreline and keeping your eyes peeled for a dune tiger beetle.
The mite has outperformed the previous record holder - Australian tiger beetle - which covers up to 171 body lengths per second.
The previous record-holder for fastest (relative) speed was the Australian tiger beetle, which topped out at 171 body lengths per second, Science Magazine reported.
But a cheetah wasn't the previous record holder in this category: That honor went to the Australian tiger beetle, which can cover 171 body lengths per second.
Tourism impairs tiger beetle (Cicindeldae) populations--a case study in a Mediterranean beach habitat.
The federally threatened and state endangered Puritan tiger beetle (Cincindela puritana) undergoes its entire life cycle on or near these cliffs.
There's such diversity in the images; from a beautiful hummingbird to a fire in South Africa, water droplets on a spider's web to a green tiger beetle.
But none have risen to fame quite like the Great Sand Dunes tiger beetle, or Cicindela theatina--a flashy, half-inch-long predator that reminds visitors why this 234-square-mile park is so special.
The focus of this survey was the Whitewater River riparian corridor in the southeastern portion of the state, with a special emphasis on the Indiana state-endangered species Cicindela marginipennis Dejean (1831), commonly called the cobblestone tiger beetle.
Phil Smith noted good numbers of northern dune tiger beetle at Ainsdale's Green Beach, with its unseasonal female snow bunting.