Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle

Cicindela patruela


Photographed while eating an ant. Common habitat is dry, sandy soils within mixed pine forest, including abandoned roads, old sand pits, and eroded slopes. Some subspecies of this beetle are rare and have been extirpated from parts of their range due to habitat destruction.


Spotted hunting on rock outcroppings on a ridgetop in Rocky Ridge Natural Area in Huntingdon County, PA. Mixed-oak woodland with exposures of Oriskany sandstone and limestone.


For more info on this species:

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


KristalWatrous 9 years ago

Thanks Laurie. Yes, I'm surprised I got so close too.

Laurie 9 years ago

I'm impressed with your close up photo! I guess it was distracted while eating.

ChunXingWong 9 years ago

I've never seen a Tiger Beetle eating an ant before but I've seen Tiger Beetles being attacked by ants instead.

Spotted by

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on May 12, 2011
Submitted on Sep 20, 2011

Related Spottings

Escarabajo verde Cicindela Golden-spotted tiger beetle(金斑虎甲) tiger beetle

Nearby Spottings

American cancer-root Fringed Polygala unknown crayfish Spotting
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team