Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (media) Habroscelimorpha dorsalis media (LeConte, 1856)

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Habroscelimorpha dorsalis media is the subspecies of Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle found in the southeastern Atlantic Coast of the United States. It ranges from central New Jersey to Florida, but it has been extirpated from many historic sites. The preferred habitat for this species is wide ocean beaches. This species has experienced severe declines in the past century (especially the northeastern form dorsalis dorsalis) due to increased recreational beach usage, ORV traffic, beach erosion, and and beach stabilization projects. In Maryland, this subspecies occurs only in Worcester County on the beaches of the Atlantic, in areas without heavy ORV use (Knisley & Schultz, 1997).

There are 4 records in the project database.

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An Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (media subspecies) on Assateague Island, Maryland (7/2/2012). Photo by Ben Coulter. (MBP list)

An Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (media subspecies) on Assateague Island, Maryland (7/2/2012). Photo by Ben Coulter. (MBP list)

An Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/26/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)


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