Beetles of North Carolina
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Cicindela sexguttata - Six-spotted Tiger Beetle


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Note: ID Tips follow Pearson et al., 2015
Photo: Mark Shields
Taxonomy
Family: CARABIDAE Subfamily: CicindelinaeSubgenus: Cicindela                                                             
Comments: One of 38 species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (Pearson et al., 2015), 12 of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Species Status: No subspecies have been described and DNA analysis indicates that populations are genetically homogeneous across its range (Pearson et al., 2015)
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Evans (2014)Online Photographs: BugGuideTechnical Description, Adults/Nymphs: Knisley and Schultz (1997); Pearson et al. (2015)                                                              
Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥
 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) <
 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: This species is primarily an inhabitant of deciduous forests, most often observed on logs, trails, or other sunny locations. It is also observed in open habitats located adjacent to forests.
See also Habitat Account for General Hardwood Forests
Diet: Predacious, presumably feeding on a wide variety of small insects and other arthropods
Observation Methods: Regularly observed along trails running through forests, where its brilliant metallic green coloration and active behavior attract the attention of most humans, even those not accustomed to looking for insects
Abundance/Frequency: Common
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Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status:
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 [S5]
State Protection: As with other North Carolina insects, no state laws provide them any protection. Permits must be obtained, however, to collect them in State Parks and other nature preserves
Comments: This is one of our most widely distributed, common, and frequently observed species. Its habitats are still common and widespread. Consequently, it appears to be quite secure within the state.

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Recorded by: Mark Shields
Wilkes Co.
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Ashe Co.
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Alleghany Co.
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Graham Co.
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Gates Co.
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Mecklenburg Co.
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Alamance Co.
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Rowan Co.
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Buncombe Co.
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Guilford Co.
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Anson Co.
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Buncombe Co.
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Craven Co.
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Guilford Co.
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Dare Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips
Cumberland Co.
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Randolph Co.
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Columbus Co.
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Mecklenburg Co.
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Jackson Co.
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Beaufort Co.
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Wake Co.
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Yancey Co.
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Pitt Co.
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Alexander Co.
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Mecklenburg Co.
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Gates Co.
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Orange Co.
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Vance Co.
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Yadkin Co.
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Stokes Co.
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Wilkes; P Co.
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Montgomery Co.
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Gates Co.
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Washington Co.
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Onslow Co.
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Orange Co.
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