S-banded Tiger Beetle Cicindela trifasciata Fabricius, 1781


Cicindela trifasciata is a small, wary tiger beetle species of mudflats, saltmarshes, and similar coastal areas, primarily to the south of Maryland. This species is well-known for its incredible dispersal flight capacity, and has even been found on offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Not unexpectedly, Cicindela trifasciata frequently occurs as a vagrant north of its normal range, and there are records from Calvert and Wicomico Counties. Knisley speculated that the species may be breeding as close as southeastern coastal Virginia (Knisley & Schultz, 1997).

There are 2 records in the project database.

An S-Banded Tiger Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/2/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

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