|scientific name Cicindela nebraskana |
common name Black-bellied tiger beetle
Prefer open areas between clumps of grass and earth mounds; prairie grasslands on heavy clay soils.
These beetles have been collected from May through August; are also expected in April and September.
Adults of this species are slightly smaller than those of Cicindela longilabris and have reduced elytral maculations. Cicindela nebraskana adults have a black, rarely iridescent underside, whereas Cicindela longilabris adults are usually iridescent blue, green or bronzed on the underside. Cicindela nebraskana adults have the elytral surface more lustrous while those of C. longilabris are covered with minute granules resulting in a dull lustre. Members of C. nebraskana live in prairie grasslands while C. longilabris live in forest clearings and meadows.
Adults are known to overwinter.
This species is moderately common in Alberta.
The range of this species covers northwestern United States and in Canada the southern areas of the western provinces. These beetles are found throughout most of the southern fourth of Alberta.
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