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County Record Source: Pearson et al. 2005
Range: South and West Texas, not yet collected in Mexico.
Size: 32-36 mm (1.3-1.4 inches)
Adult Activity Period: April to November, except June. Most active after rainy periods in the spring and fall.
Adults completely nocturnal and flightless. They are mostly seen after midnight running near animal burrows which they retreat into during the day.
Larvae have been found in the ceilings (!) of badger and armadillo burrows!
Survey Methods: Giant Tiger Beetles are not attracted to lights at night...
Commercial Value: The Insect Company, Insects International
Conservation Status: G3 NatureServe
Type Specimen: Amblycheila hoversoni Gage - Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University
Type Locality: 16 miles south of George West, Live Oak County, Texas - 1 May 1990
Note: This is the Largest Tiger Beetle in the Western Hemisphere yet it was only described by Ed V. Gage in 1991!
Similar Species: There are some 57 species and subspecies of Cicindelinae in Texas (E.G. Riley, pers. comm., 2006)
Giant Tiger Beetles, Genus Amblycheila, seven species five of which occur north of Mexico.
Montane Giant Tiger Beetle - Amblycheila baroni
Giant Plains Tiger Beetle - Amblycheila cylindriformis - Texas
South Texas Giant Tiger Beetle - Amblycheila hoversoni - Texas
Plateau Giant Tiger Beetle - Amblycheila picolominii - Texas
Mojave Giant Tiger Beetle - Amblycheila schwarzi
Night-stalking Tiger Beetles, Genus Omus - Least well known Tiger Beetle genus, all occur on the West Coast.
- Audouin's Night-stalking Tiger Beetle - Omus audouini
- California Night-stalking Tiger Beetle - Omus californicus
- Mount Ashland Night-stalking Tiger Beetle - Omus cazieri
- Greater Night-stalking Tiger Beetle - Omus dejeanii
- Lustrous Night-stalking Tiger Beetle - Omus submetallicus
Dromo Tiger Beetles, Subgenus Dromochorus, three species, all restricted to south-central North America.
Loamy-ground Tiger Beetle - Cicindela (Dromochorus) belfragei (includes: pruinina) - Texas
Cajun Tiger Beetle - Cicindela (Dromochorus) pilatei - Texas
Velvet Tiger Beetle - Cicindela (Dromochorus) velutinigrens - Texas
cicindel, =a (L).
drom, -a, -ae, -aeo, -i, -o, =us (G). Run; running; a race
chor, -o (L). Achorus; (G). dance; a place
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Freitag, R.P. 1999. Catalogue of the tiger beetles of Canada and the United States. National Research Council Research Press, Ottawa, Canada. 195 pp.
Gage, E.V. 1990. Description of a new species of Amblycheila from
Texas with additional notes. (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae).
Cicindelidae: Bulletin of Worldwide Research 1(1): 1-10.
Knisley, C.B., & T.D. Schultz. 1997. The biology of tiger beetles and a guide to the species of the south Atlantic states. Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publication Number 5. Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville, Virginia. 210 pp.
Pearson, D.L. 2004. A list of suggested common English names for species of tiger beetles occurring in Canada and the U.S. Cicindela 36(1-2): 31-40.
Pearson, D.L., T.G. Barraclough, & A.P. Vogler. 1997. Distributional maps for North American species of tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae). Cicindela. 29(3-4): 33-84.
Pearson, D.L., C.B. Knisley & C. J. Kazilek. 2005. A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada: Identification, Natural History, and Distribution of the Cicindelidae. Oxford University Press, Oxford. vii + 292 pp.
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