Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle Tetracha virginica    Synonyms: Megacephala virginica, Virginia Metallic Tiger Beetle.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Coleoptera   >   Family Carabidae   >   Genus Tetracha   

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Tetracha virginica is the largest species of tiger beetle found in Maryland. This flightless species occurs across a broad range of habitats, usually grassy with open patches of ground, and frequently near water. It has also been found breeding in agricultural fields. This species is primarily nocturnal, or active on overcast days, and is attracted to lights at night (Pearson et al., 2015)(Knisley & Schultz, 1997).

There are 53 records in the project database.

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A Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/5/2015). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/4/2019). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Charles Co., Maryland (7/13/2019). Determined by Bruce Tilden/BugGuide. Photo by Julie Simpson. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Cecil Co., Maryland (8/3/2022). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/5/2015). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetles mating in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/7/2016). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Talbot Co., Maryland (8/31/2023). (c) jared satchell, all rights reserved. Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (7/27/2014). Photo by Dan Small. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-headed Tiger Beetle in Somerset Co., Maryland (8/4/2007). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Talbot Co., Maryland (8/27/2023). (c) Jim Brighton, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (8/5/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Howard Co., Maryland (9/10/2016). Verified by Boris Büche/iNaturalist. Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-headed Tiger Beetle in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/9/2013). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Charles Co., Maryland (7/7/2023). Determined by V. Belov/BugGuide. Photo by Julie Simpson. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle found dead in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/8/2014). Photo by Brandon Woo. (MBP list)

A male Virginia Big-headed Tiger Beetle collected in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (8/8/2000). Photo by Frank Guarnieri. (MBP list)

A female Virginia Big-headed Tiger Beetle collected in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/9/1986). Photo by Frank Guarnieri. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Talbot Co., Maryland (8/6/2013). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

A Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/4/2014). Photo by Jonathan Willey. (MBP list)

Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Cecil Co., Maryland (7/30/2022). (c) Kenneth Geisert, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Kenneth Geisert via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Cecil Co., Maryland (7/30/2022). (c) Kenneth Geisert, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Kenneth Geisert via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Virginia Big-Headed Tiger Beetle in Cecil Co., Maryland (7/30/2022). (c) Kenneth Geisert, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Kenneth Geisert via iNaturalist. (MBP list)


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