Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (dorsalis) Habroscelimorpha dorsalis dorsalis (Say, 1817)Threatened (Federal)  -  Endangered (MD)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)

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Habroscelimorpha dorsalis dorsalis, a federally threatened species, formerly occurred on ocean beaches from Cape Cod, Massachusetts south to the Chesapeake Bay. Today it occurs at two sites in Massachusetts, one in New Jersey (the result of a reintroduction program), and along the eastern and western shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia (USFWS, 1993; Suckling, 2006).

Beach development, destruction of habitat by vehicles and stabilization of beaches with artificial jetties, bulkheads, groins, and riprap have resulted in the near extirpation of Cicindela dorsalis dorsalis in the northeast and threaten the Chesapeake Bay populations (Pearson, et al., 2006). The overall population is currently stable, though the Calvert County, Maryland population has declined since it was listed in August 1990 (Suckling, 2006). (S. Collins)

Habroscelimorpha dorsalis media is only found along Atlantic coast beaches and can be very common.

There are 7 records in the project database.

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Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (nominate ssp. dorsalis, or Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle) in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/9/2008). Highly state rare (S1) and state endangered. Federally listed as threatened. Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (nominate ssp. dorsalis, or Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle) in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/9/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

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

An Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (dorsalis) in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/18/2015). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

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

An Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (dorsalis) in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/18/2015). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

An Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (dorsalis) in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/29/2015). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

An Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (nominate ssp. dorsalis) found along the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland (7/10/2005). Highly state rare (S1) and state endangered. Federally listed as threatened. Photo by Arlene Ripley. (MBP list)


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