Cicindelinae Checklist: Tiger Beetles

10 May 2019

Tiger beetles belong to the subfamily Cicindelinae. They are known for their aggressive predatory habits and running speed. The fastest insect on land is a tiger beetle which can run up to 125 body lengths per second. Because of their insane speed, it was suggested that they had to run in short sprints, with short breaks in between to visually re-orientate themselves.

All photos are of live subjects shot in the field, with the dorsal view selected where available. Click on individual photos for larger views and views from other angles. As specimens were not collected, identifications were done purely based on photographs and may not be 100% accurate.

This page will be updated regularly, please let me know if you spot any mistakes.

View my complete Flickr photo set: Cicindelinae – Tiger Beetles.

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Class: Insecta Linnaeus, 1758

Order: Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758

Family: Carabidae Latreille, 1802

Subfamily: Cicindelinae Latreille, 1802

Tribe: Cicindelini Latreille, 1802

Beach Tiger Beetle (Calomera angulata) - DSC_3919

West Malaysia: Calomera angulata Fabricus, 1798

Tiger Beetle (Cosmodela aurulenta) - DSC_9247

Singapore: Cosmodela aurulenta (Fabricius, 1801)

Tiger Beetles (Cylindera discreta) - DSC_5208

Singapore: Cylindera discreta (Schaum, 1863)

Tiger beetle (Cylindera sp.) - DSC_5764

East Malaysia: Cylindera cf. versicolor (W.S.Macleay, 1825)

Tiger beetle (Cylindera versicolor) - DSC_2503

West Malaysia: Cylindera versicolor (W.S.Macleay, 1825)

Tiger beetle (Cylindera sp.) - P8056242

Singapore: Cylindera sp.

Tiger beetle (Cylindera sp.) - DSC_7374

East Malaysia: Cylindera sp.

Tiger beetle (Cylindera (Leptinomera) plasoni) - DSC_2442

West Malaysia: Cylindera (Leptinomera) plasoni (W. Horn, 1903)

Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) - DSC_6320

Indonesia: Lophyra fuliginosa (Dejean, 1826)

Tiger beetle (Therates dimidiatus) - DSC_0410

Singapore: Therates dimidiatus Dejean, 1825

Tiger beetle (Therates erinnys) - DSC_5202

East Malaysia: Therates erinnys Bates, 1874

Tiger beetle (Therates sp.) - P7084402

East Malaysia: Therates sp.

Tiger beetle (Odontocheila sp.) - DSC_1919

Peru: Odontocheila sp.

Tribe: Collyridini Brullé, 1834

Tiger Beetle (Neocollyris emarginata) - DSC_2381

Singapore: Neocollyris emarginata (Dejean, 1825)

Flightless Tiger Beetle (Tricondyla brunnea) - DSC_3080

Singapore: Tricondyla brunnea Dokhtouroff, 1883

Tiger Beetle (Tricondyla sp.) - DSC_8489

Singapore: Tricondyla sp.

Tiger Beetle (Tricondyla sp.) - DSC_5016

Singapore: Tricondyla sp.

Tiger beetle (Tricondyla pulchripes) - P9067990

Hong Kong: Tricondyla pulchripes White, 1844


Tiger beetle larva - P8081864

Singapore: Cicindelinae

Tiger beetle larva - P8081880

Singapore: Cicindelinae

Tiger beetle larva - P8081897

Singapore: Cicindelinae




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