Tiger beetles are a subfamily of ground beetles. They are generally characterized by a head wider than their thorax, bulging eyes, and large mandibles. Some species are brightly colored.
Unlike other ground beetles, tiger beetles are active during the day. Adults are fast runners and hunt by chasing their prey. Larvae ambush their prey by hiding in vertical burrows. Males ride on females’ backs during copulation.
Tiger beetles are ferocious insect and spider hunters.
Sandy or clay soil near water. Common on the banks of artificial wetlands.