A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and by David L. Pearson

By David L. Pearson

Greater than 2600 species of tiger beetles are came upon world wide. In North the United States there are 116 species of tiger beetle, divided into 153 geographically specific races. particular stories in their normal historical past, inhabitants dynamics, groups, styles of globally species richness, and taxonomy of specific subgroups have produced a lot info. Tiger beetles are one of the most generally investigated teams of bugs, specially by way of their ecology and geographic distribution.

The first variation of A box consultant to the Tiger Beetles of the USA and Canada, released in 2005, has served as a box and natural-history advisor to all identified species of tiger beetles present in North the United States above the Mexican border. The 2d variation is a delightful and understandable guide of the identity, distribution, common historical past, and habitat information of the 116 species of tiger beetles in North the United States. The up to date guide offers new details together with observations of seasonality, diversity extensions and biology, a newly built record of universal names, and twenty-five artistically interesting identity colour plates. the second one version of A box consultant to the Tiger Beetles of the U.S. and Canada presents crucial info to acknowledge and simply determine tiger beetles for confirmed naturalists and outside fans alike.

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Second largest subspecies with moderately thick maculations and distinct dark areas of bronze-green.  saulcyi—west coast of Florida to Mississippi River delta in Louisiana; maculations expanded to cover most of elytra.  venusta—coastal islands of Louisiana south along Gulf coast to Texas and northeastern Mexico; smallest subspecies with reduced maculations revealing considerable dark green on elytra. Saline Tiger Beetles Eunota The species in this genus (most formerly Habroscelimorpha) are found primarily on saline mud flats.

Hind legs very long. (p. 156) 3 Saltmarsh Tiger Beetle, Eunota severa Found mainly on Gulf of Mexico coast but also up to 150 km inland on saline areas of northeastern Texas; above shiny black, olive (3a), or dark green (3b) with maculations reduced to a spot on middle edge of elytra and a short “J”-shaped maculation at rear tip of elytra. Labrum ivory-white. (p. 157) 4 Elusive Tiger Beetle, Eunota striga Known only from lights at night in salt marsh areas of central Florida to South Carolina. Above shiny black to dark green with small spots in middle and rear end of elytra.

Blue forms (1c) are common in some areas.  cinctipennis—lower elevations of Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona north to Alberta and Yukon; above brown, brownish-green, green (1e), or blue with complete maculations that are joined along outer edge of elytra.  imperfecta—Great Basin from southeastern British Columbia to southwestern Nevada and eastern California with small isolated populations in Puget Sound area west of the Cascades; above dark brown and rarely blue (1g) or brown-green with first two thin maculations joined above outer edge of elytra.

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