Green Tiger Beetle - Cicindela campestris

Description

A large (15 mm) tiger beetle that is iridescent green with yellow markings.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It is usually found in areas with bare ground or sparse vegetation such as gravelly or sandy hillsides and sandy heath.

When to see it

April to September. Adults are active in early summer and favour sunny spots. They will often take to the wing when disturbed.

Life History

Both adults and larvae are predators on other invertebrates. The larvae dig a burrow in the ground, often on or near paths to pitfall-trap unwary insects.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain but never common.

VC55 Status

Very local and uncommon in many areas of Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 45 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map