Coastal Tiger Beetle

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Coastal tiger beetle photographed 06/15/2017 at Padre Island National Seashore, Texas.

Coastal tiger beetles (Coleoptera: CarabidaeEllipsoptera hamata) inhabit the shores of the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to southern Texas. Adults can be found from April through December but are most common in June. Their striking coloration and patterning, narrow thoraxes, and wide heads with big eyes and large jaws make them easily recognizable when beachcombing or tidepooling.

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Coastal tiger beetle photographed 06/15/2017 at Padre Island National Seashore, Texas.

Like other tiger beetles these insects are predators of other arthropods. Adults are active hunters, and larvae dig holes where they sit in ambush with their jaws agape waiting for prey.

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Coastal tiger beetle photographed 06/15/2017 at Padre Island National Seashore, Texas.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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