|scientific name Cicindela formosa formosa |
common name Beautiful tiger beetle
Sandy blowouts and marginal areas of active sand dunes in areas of sparse vegetation.
These beetles have been collected from May through July and September; also expected in August.
This is the largest of the Alberta tiger beetles. The shape of the humeral lunule is distinctive. Adults have a bright blue metallic lustre on the ventral surface, with the pigmented areas of the elytra red to red-purple.
Adults are known to overwinter.
This species is relatively rare in Alberta, and is on the ANHIC tracking list.
The range of this subspecies extends through central and northeastern United States to southeastern and south central Canada. These beetles are found only in the south-east corner of Alberta.
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