Cicindela purpurea

Cow Path Tiger Beetle / Purple Tiger Beetle

Purple Tiger Beetle, Cicindela purpurea image

Family: Carabidae

Subfamily: Cicindelinae

Length: 12 - 16 mm


The Purple Tiger Beetle is found from Quebec and British Columbia south to southern California and North Carolina.

The elytral color can include shades of green, purple, and muted red. There is no spot on the shoulder, while at the center of each elytron is a bent line that does not reach the elytral margin. There is a dash at the rear of each elytron, and usually a white spot in front of the dash.

Cicindela purpurea overwinters both as adults and as larvae. The life cycle takes two or three years.

These beetles hunt on open ground, but also prefer to have grasses nearby for protective cover when needed.

Cicindela purpurea, Purple Tiger Beetle photo from West Virginia