Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Tiger beetle

Photo from Libby Burgess

Photo from Libby Burgess

Cicindela spp.

Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae

Size range

  • Medium sized beetles 12 mm


  • New Zealand natives with close relatives in Australia

Life History

  • Often seen running quickly over dry clay or sandy areas
  • Active during the day
  • Larvae live in tunnels in ground
  • Predacious