Tetracha carolina

(Pan-American Metallic Tiger Beetle)

Tetracha carolina is a widespread and common species across much of its large range, which includes all of Alabama and Mississippi. It is most often found near fresh water, but can occur nearly anywhere, including urban lawns and gardens. This nocturnal species can sometimes be found in large numbers around lights. The species rarely flies, but it is a very fast runner and is quite difficult to catch. It is primarily a summer species in our area. The larvae and their burrows have been found in a variety of soil types and moisture levels.


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FLORIDA, Jackson County

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ALABAMA, Coosa County