Our record setting week of temperatures in the low- to mid-80s has led to an early abundance of six spotted tiger beetles (Cicindela sexguttata) along the floor of local wooded areas. These voracious, extraordinarily quick predators hunt a wide variety of insect prey that they encounter on sunny trails and along deciduous woodland edges.
Local individuals can find an abundance of these beetles along the boardwalk at Busey Woods in Urbana, IL. Be sure to get out soon if you’d like to see them. In another week or two the developing plants, combined with the beetle’s extraordinary ability to blend with foliage, will make finding these beetles much more challenging.