Green Tiger Beetle

Cicindela campestris

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About

The Green Tiger Beetle is a common ground beetle of heathland, moorland, sandy grassland and sand dunes. Often seen in bright, sunny conditions during the spring and summer, the Green Tiger Beetle is a fast, agile hunter, running across the ground to catch its invertebrate prey, including spiders, caterpillars and ants. It is well-equipped to tackle its prey with a ferocious set of jaws and long legs that give it an impressive turn of speed (it's one of our fastest insects). When disturbed, they will often fly a short distance before running away.

How to identify

The Green Tiger Beetle is a large, metallic-green beetle, with purple-bronze legs and eyes, and large creamy spots on the wing cases. There are four rarer species of tiger beetle, which are either much smaller or purple-grey with creamy spots.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

Green Tiger Beetles rely on sunny, dry soils such as those found in our disappearing heathlands. The Wildlife Trusts manage many heathland, grassland and coastal habitats sympathetically for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. We are also working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Green Tiger Beetle
Latin name
Cicindela campestris
Category
Invertebrates
Beetles
Statistics
Length: 1-1.5cm
Conservation status
Common.