Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris) Summer Isles & Cavenham Heath NR

These photos were taken in the Summer isles , but I have also seen one in Cavenham heath NR but failed to get a photo before it flew off .

Tiger Beetle

The Green Tiger Beetle is a common ground beetle of heathland, moorland, sandy grassland and sand dunes. Often seen in bright, sunny conditions during the spring and summer, the Green Tiger Beetle is a fast, agile hunter, running across the ground to catch its invertebrate prey, including spiders, caterpillars and ants. It is well-equipped to tackle its prey with a ferocious set of jaws and long legs that give it an impressive turn of speed (it’s one of our fastest insects). When disturbed, they will often fly a short distance before running away.

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