|scientific name Cicindela limbata nympha |
common name Sandy tiger beetle
These beetles occur on prairie sandy dunes or blowouts which are sparsely vegetated.
These beetles have been collected from May through July.
Individuals of Cicindela limbata nympha are distinguished by the pale elytra with reduced dark markings. The marginal band is expanded to cover most of the elytra leaving a narrow dark band down the center. A brown band identifies the subspecies C. l. nympha, a green band C. l. limbata. Specimens of C. l. hyperborea do not look like those of the southern subspecies. Markings are typical tiger beetle design with a brown elytral color. The greatly thickened elytral bands distinguish members of this subspecies from those of all other Maritima group species found in Alberta.
Cicindela limbata nympha has a three year life cycle in Manitoba; not known for Alberta. Adults are known to winter in loose sand.
This subspecies is moderately common in Alberta.
This subspecies is found on the central plains on either side of the Canada-U.S. border. These beetles are found in the southern half of Alberta.
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