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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.
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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]
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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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Seven predictor variables (area, diff_elev, perim/area, nearest_cb, and PCA components I, II and III) were used to develop habitat models for predicting cobblestone tiger beetle presence (Table 6).
A well-camouflaged, 1/2-inch, brown-black and cream-colored PURITAN TIGER BEETLE (Cicindela puritana) races across the sand to catch an unsuspecting ant.
The 38,000-acre monument protects North America's highest sand dunes--rising more than 700 feet--and endemic species such as the Great Sand Dunes tiger beetle, Ord's kangaroo rat, and the northern pocket gopher.
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. Meanwhile, youngsters can tick off some of the things on the NT's 50 Things To Do Before You're 113/4 list (www.50things.org.uk) which include simple but satisfying things like flying a kite and skimming a stone (and for a good starting point to find out more about what's on offer in Formby go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby).
The mite has outperformed the previous record holder - Australian tiger beetle - which covers up to 171 body lengths per second.
The metallic Florida tiger beetle (Tetracha floridensis Leng & Mutchler) only attacked larvae in greens but tiger beetles and ground beetles were the collected on every survey date and during the predation experiment (Tables 1 and 2).
During that canoe trip to see the endangered Puritan tiger beetle (we saw one), I had plenty of time to ponder things pondered only by people with too much time on their hands.
Ohlone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela ohlone) The Ohlone tiger beetle, an insect that exists only in Santa Cruz County, California, received final protection as an endangered species on October 3.
FROM ITS CROUCHING perch at the tidal line, a tiger beetle waits for its prey.
The Florida Scrub Tiger Beetle Cicindela scabrosa Schaupp, a species precinctive to Florida, has not previously been recorded from Hardee County, Florida.
Ohlone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela ohlone) A colorful insect found only in Santa Cruz County, California, the Ohlone tiger beetle has large, prominent eyes, metallic green forewings with small light spots, and coppery-green legs.