Cicindela sexguttata

Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle

Cicindela sexguttata, Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle photo

Family: Carabidae

Subfamily: Cicindelinae

Length: 10 - 14 mm


This species has a brilliant metallic green head, pronotum, and elytra. It has only small spots, typically three or four per elytron.

In towns and suburbs, this species may be seen on sidewalks and driveways, while in more undeveloped areas it favors trails and dirt and gravel roads through the forest.

Unlike many other tiger beetles, the adults of Six-Spotted Tiger Beetles are most often found in spring, with only scattered individuals active later in the summer. In most areas sightings of this species peak in May.

There is probably no species of tiger beetle more common in its range than Cicindela sexguttata, or at least none is more noticed that this bright, colorful beetle.

Photo data for top photo: 16 June 2006. Cheat Bridge, Randolph County, West Virginia.

Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle, Cicindela sexguttata photographs

Photo above left: this beetle has reduced maculations. Cheat Summit Fort, Randolph County, West Virginia.

Photo above right: In this mating pair, note that the male is using his (white) mandibles to grip the female near where the pronotum joins the elytra. Upshur County, West Virginia, 27 May 2004.

Photo below: This beetle was sheltering under bark on a cool morning in the oak-hickory forest, 7 May 2005. Ruraldale, Upshur County, West Virginia. Note the stout teeth on the mandibles.

Cicindela sexguttata, Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle photo showing mandibles