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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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Areas of beach that were once ideal habitat for tiger beetles are now either continuosly submerged or built on by homeowners.
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).
Losing the dunes would, of course, mean losing other rare species, including natterjack toads, sand lizards and tiger beetles.
Snout and tiger beetles are a lighter hue than specimens found at other locales.
It might be hoped that eventually the popularity of tiger beetles will "rub off" on the other groups.
Chapter 23 on Cicindelidae (=Cicindelinae, tiger beetles, a subfamily of Carabidae) is by R.
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.
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.
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.