Home Importance Ants of Nebraska Butterflies of Nebraska Carrion Beetles of Nebraska Tiger Beetles of Nebraska
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Genera Amblycheila Genera Cicindela Genera Tetracha
White-Cloaked Tiger Beetle




Cicindela togata globicollis Casey
Adult Length: 9.5 to 13.5 mm
Appearance: Adults are brown to bronze dorsally with a broad and complete marginal band. Swellings are present at the normal locations of the posthumeral mark, the middle band, and the subapical mark.
Similar Species: Though this species could be confused with C. circumpicta, the marginal band is normally broader, and C. circumpicta is never brown to bronze on the dorsal surface. Cicindela togata is also consistently smaller than C. circumpicta.
Biology: This species occurs in moist saline habitats. Preferred habitats include the edges of salt flats, especially in areas of sparse or patchy vegetation. Where they occur, they can be extremely numerous.
Adult Life History: Adults emerge from the pupa mostly in June and early July and peak numbers are normally found in July. Adults are scarce by late August. It is a summer species that is attracted to lights at night.
Larval Life History: Eggs are laid in summer and the larval stage requires two years of development. Larval burrows occur in moist saline soil along the edge of vegetation or among sparse to clumped vegetation. This species and C. circumpicta apparently segregate larval habitats, with larvae of C. togata typically found in more vegetated areas.
Biogeography: This species has been recorded from five counties in southeastern Nebraska. Because of habitat loss, it may no longer exist in at least one of these counties. Its stronghold appears to be Lancaster County. In North America in occurs from New Mexico and northwestern Texas to southeastern Colorado, western Oklahoma, through much of Kansas, and into southeastern Nebraska. Separate populations have been found in southern and eastern Texas, and western Louisiana. Permanent or temporary populations have been recorded in Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina. Three subspecies have been described.