A Guide to the Insects of the Coal Oil Point Reserve

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  Insects of Coal Oil Point > Guide > Coleoptera - Beetles > Carabidae

Carabidae - Ground beetles

Ground beetles are conspicuous beetles worldwide. Essentially all are predators, mostly fast running and nocturnal. The known ground beetle fauna of the reserve consists of 12 species, though interestingly only 2 of these, Bembidion tigrinum and the sandy beach tiger beetle, Cicindela hirticollis gravida, are apparently restricted to coastal habitats. This is a lower proportion than is seen in many other families. All others represent more widespread species. The sandy beach tiger beetle is a species of special concern and a candidate for the endangered species list.

Carabid Photos
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Cicindela oregona

Omophron sp.

Anisodactylus sp.

Bembidion sp.

Bembidion sp.

Bembidion tigrinum

Paratachys sp.

Lebia sp.

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