Festive Tiger Beetle Cicindela scutellaris Say, 1823 rugifrons Dejean, 1825S3 (Watch list)Synonyms: Wrinkle-fronted Tiger Beetle.

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Cicindela scutellaris is a widespread, stocky tiger beetle characteristic of deep, well-drained sandy habitats, including pine barrens, sandy openings and trails, sparsely-used sandy roads, or powerline rights-of way. It is extremely variable by region, with a number of named forms across portions of its extensive range. In Maryland, the beetles present are considered to be rugifrons, which occurs from coastal North Carolina and Virginia northeast through southern New England. This is the only subspecies of scutellaris with two color morphs, a black morph (form "modesta") and a greenish-blue morph. The relative abundance of these morphs varies by locality (Pearson et al. 2015). Knisley found that black morphs predominate northeast of an imaginary line from northern Somerset to Ann Arundel County (Knisley & Schultz, 1997). Coastal populations in some portions of the range of rugifrons (probably the NJ pine barrens) appear to be overwhelmingly green morphs, while black morphs are more numerous farther from the immediate coast (Pearson et al., 2015). It is ranked S3 (watch list).

There are 49 records in the project database.

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A Festive Tiger Beetle in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/25/2009). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Festive Tiger Beetle in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/27/2017). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

A Festive Tiger Beetle in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/1/2017). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Festive Tiger beetle in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/25/2009). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

Festive Tiger Beetles mating in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/18/2017). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

A Festive Tiger Beetle in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/21/2014). Photo by Mike Burchett. (MBP list)

Mating Festive Tiger Beetles in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/15/2010). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Festive Tiger Beetles in Worcester Co., Maryland (4/15/2011). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Festive Tiger Beetles in Dorchester Co., Maryland (4/21/2015). Verified by Ben Coulter/BugGuide. Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Festive Tiger Beetle in Worcester Co., Maryland (9/2/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Festive Tiger Beetle in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/15/2017). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

A Festive Tiger Beetle (rugifrons subspecies) in southern Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/21/2013). Photo by Judy Gallagher. (MBP list)

A Festive Tiger Beetle in Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/25/2013). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

A female Festive Tiger Beetle collected in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/5/1984). Photo by Frank Guarnieri. (MBP list)

A female Festive Tiger Beetle collected in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/5/1986). Photo by Frank Guarnieri. (MBP list)


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