- any of numerous active, usually brightly colored beetles, of the family Cicindelidae, that prey on other insects.
Origin of tiger beetle
First recorded in 1820–30
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Perhaps the carnivorous larva of the tiger-beetle, or cicindela, is as ferocious a being as any in this state.The Life of an Insect
It has very long legs, and prefers climbing among the foliage to living on the ground, like most varieties of the tiger-beetle.
- any active predatory beetle of the family Cicindelidae, chiefly of warm dry regions, having powerful mandibles and long legs
C19: so called because it has patterned, sometimes striped, wing covers