A Dazzling Green Beetle: Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

I saw one of these beetles today and had some questions about what I saw. This post was helpful.

The Natural Web

For the past few weeks, I’ve been seeing dazzling green Six-spotted Tiger Beetles (Cicindela sexguttata) along wooded trails, and even on the paths through my shade garden.  I think of these brightly colored beetles as one of the harbingers of spring. They are most commonly seen from spring through early summer in openings in or next to wooded areas.

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)

This eye-catching beetle is named for the spots on its elytra (outer wings), although the number of spots is variable; an individual may have more or less than six spots.

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) with 6 spots

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) with 8 spots Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) with 8 spots

Sometimes called the Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle, its coloration is most often a vivid metallic emerald green, but in some individuals it may take on a bluish hue.

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) with bluish coloration

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