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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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Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World
Cornell University researchers have discovered that, unlike insects that wave their "feelers" around to acquire information, tiger beetles rigidly hold their antennae directly in front of them to mechanically sense their environments and avoid obstacles while running, according to a study published online in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
7): The largest of the UAE's diurnal tiger beetles, a single individual was observed at Khor al-Beidhah, where it scoured an emergent sand bank featuring burrows and pellets of a pellet-rolling crab (probably Scopimera crabricauda), occasionally entering the crab burrows.
Some species of tiger beetles (Cicindelidae), for instance, are endangered in part due to humans using beaches and sandy habitat in which the larvae of beetles live (Knisley and Hill, 1992; Arndt et al.
Neotropical tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae): Checklist and biogeography.
Ground beetles and tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) comprise one of the most diverse and abundant families of insects with approximately 40,000 described species (L6vei and Sunderland, 1996).
Bovin began studying the park's tiger beetles in 1997, when she was conducting biological surveys in and around the dunes for the Colorado Natural Heritage Program.
Tiger beetles are predaceous insects that are important biodiversity indicators (Pearson & Cassola 1992).
Before that I would be looking at tiger beetles and thinking they were stag beetles," he said.
En la Internet se encuentran sitios dedicados exclusivamente a documentar en forma de texto y fotografia, los registros sobre cada organismo (Bug guide, 2009; Tree of life, 2009; Harvard, 2009; Tiger beetles, 2009).
But restoring the dunes will reprieve threatened natterjack toads, sand lizards and tiger beetles, which cannot live in shade and pine-needle cover.