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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This unusual and historic natural make-up of the Sefton coast provides the perfect home to a variety of creatures, including the Northern Dune Tiger Beetle, the Natterjack Toad and of course, the adorable red squirrel.
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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.
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Tourism impairs tiger beetle (Cicindeldae) populations--a case study in a Mediterranean beach habitat.
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