Name: Green Tiger Beetle
Scientific name: Cicindela campestris
Nature Stars: 60
About: A common ground beetle of heathland, moorland, sandy grassland and sand dunes, about 1.5cm long with big eyes, long legs and large biting jaws. Often seen in bright, sunny conditions during the spring and summer, tiger beetles are fast, agile hunters, running around on the ground to catch their prey, which includes spider, caterpillars and other small invertebrates. When disturbed they will often fly a short distance before running away.
How to identify: A large green beetle with purplish-bronze legs and eyes and large creamy spots on the wing cases. There are four rarer species of tiger beetle, which are either much smaller or purplish grey with creamy spots.
Fantastic fact: The larvae live in burrows in sandy soils, from which they ambush passing prey.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc