Tag Archives: Cicindela

Cicindela hirticollis ssp. abrupta Casey

Sacramento Valley Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle (Cicindela hirticollis ssp. abrupta)

The Sacramento Valley Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle was described in 1913, it was last recorded in 1984 and is considered extinct, mainly based on extensive statut surveys of all historically known sites and all apparently suitable habitat.


Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle (Cicindela hirticollis Say); nominate race

Photo from: ‘Victor E. Shelford: Animal Communities in temperate America as illustrated in the Chigaco region; a study in animal ecology. The Geographic Society of Chicago Bulletin 5: 1-362. 1913’

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edited: 07.05.2019

Cicindela chlorocephala ssp. smythi E. D. Harris

Smyth‘s Tiger Beetle (Cicindela chlorocephala ssp. smythi 

Smyth‘s Tiger Beetle was originally described in 1913 as a species of its own, but is now regarded as a subspecies of the Lime-headed Tiger Beetle (Cicindela chlorocephala Chevrolat).  

The beetle reached a length of about 0,8 cm.  

Smyth‘s Tiger Beetle was restricted to Padre Island, the world’s longest barrier island, located along Texas’ southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.  

The island’s sand dunes were long used for recreational purposes and much of the beetle’s habitat is now destroyed, it may be already extinct.  


Depiction from: ‘Edw. Doubleday Harris: Three New Cicindelids. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 21: 67-69. 1913′

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edited: 02.10.2020