Wednesday, December 12, 2001 -

A survey of Missouri tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae)

Ted C. MacRae, Monsanto, Insect Control, 700 N. Chesterfield Parkway, Chesterfield, MO and Christopher R. Brown, Monsanto, Ecology Technology Center, 800 N. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO.

Tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) were surveyed in Missouri during 2000-2001 to determine their temporal and spatial distribution, habitat preference, behavior, abundance, and status within the state. To date, 23 species and one subspecies have been documented in the survey, one of which, Cicindela trifasciata ascendens, is a new record for the state. The fauna is comprised primarily of species that are widely distributed across the northeastern and northcentral U.S. or limited to the central or southcentral U.S. A new locality was found for the potentially threatened Cicindela circumpicta johnsoni, which is limited to saline spring habitats in central Missouri. Information for the survey has been gathered from ongoing field collecting and observing, museum collections, and private collections.

Keywords: tiger beetle, Missouri

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