Puritan Tiger Beetle Ellipsoptera puritana (G. Horn, 1871)G1G2 (Highly globally rare)  -  Threatened (Federal)  -  Endangered (MD)  -  S1S2 (Highly state rare)    Synonyms: Cicindela puritana.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Coleoptera   >   Family Carabidae   >   Genus Ellipsoptera   

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The Puritan Tiger Beetle is an endangered shoreline bluff specialist with populations on Maryland's western shore, upper Eastern Shore, and the shores of the Connecticut River (Middlesex County, Connecticut and Hampshire County, Massachusetts). Pagac et al. (2017) added two new sites along the Severn River in Anne Arundel County. Based on specimen data and publications, this species appears to have been more widespread historically along the Chesapeake Bay. "Over 95% of the species' remaining populations are restricted to the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay where it is associated with tall (usually >9 m), naturally eroding, sandy-clay, earthen shoreline bluffs, typically with sparse to no vegetation and narrow, sandy beaches along the cliff bases)." (Pagac et al., 2017)

There are 38 records in the project database.

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A Puritan Tiger Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/2/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Puritan Tiger Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/22/2011). Photo by Mike Ostrowski. (MBP list)

A Puritan Tiger Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/2/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

Robberfly eating a Puritan Tiger Beetle, Calvert County, MD, 7/6/2008 Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Puritan Tiger Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/6/2008). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Puritan Tiger Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/18/2015). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

A Puritan Tiger Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/18/2015). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

A Puritan Tiger Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/18/2015). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

Puritan Tiger Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/22/2011). (c) Mike Ostrowski, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA). Photo by Mike Ostrowski. (MBP list)


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