Biology of tiger beetles

D. L. Pearson

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Outlines general features of the systematics, biogeography (essentially worldwide), anatomy, genetics, ontogeny and physiology of the Cicindelidae. There follows a section on behaviour and natural history, noting the nature of the larval tunnel, larval and adult foraging (taking a wide range of arthropods, with some species scavenging), reproductive behaviour, antipredator behaviour, thermoregulation, activity periods in tropical (warm, moist seasons) and temperate (variable from spring to autumn) areas, and dispersal. A section on ecology considers physical factors (temperature and water loss being critical factors for adults), predation, competition and factor interaction. There are brief comments on beneficial and pest species. -P.J.Jarvis

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-147
Number of pages25
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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