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tiger beetle

Syllabification: ti·ger bee·tle

Definition of tiger beetle in English:

noun

A fast-running predatory beetle that has spotted or striped wing cases and flies in sunshine. The larvae live in tunnels from which they snatch passing insect prey.
  • Family Cicindelidae: Cicindela and other genera
Example sentences
  • The Ohlone tiger beetle, an insect that exists only in Santa Cruz County, California, received final protection as an endangered species on October 3.
  • As an adult, the tiger beetle is one of the top insect predators on the beach.
  • This tiger beetle, a common element of the forest fauna, is one of the largest in Trinidad.

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