A Field Guide to the Prairie

Tiger Beetle
Photo: Paul Johnson
Tiger Beetle
Coleoptera
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Eating Habits: Tiger beetles are active predators and scavengers on other insects, and as such they are beneficial by their feeding on many pest species.

Tiger beetles are some of the most interesting and well-studied beetles in North America. They are predacious insects that live in a variety of habitats, from beaches to deserts. Larvae of tiger beetles live in burrows in the ground, snatching small insects that may wander by.

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