Long-lipped Tiger Beetle
Long-lipped Tiger Beetle
Long-lipped Tiger Beetle
Long-lipped Tiger Beetle
Long-lipped Tiger Beetle
Long-lipped Tiger Beetle

Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle

Cicindela longilabris perviridis

Prepared with the knowledge that the Boreal Long-lipped Tiger Beetle is the only tiger beetle living on Hurricane Ridge, in Olympic National Park, we kept our eyes peeled in early July, 2007. Once we saw one on the trail to Hurricane Hill, we saw many more on that visit and many later visits. We saw them only on wide gravelly or dusty areas of the trail free of vegetation.

The long, cream-colored labrum distinguishes this species from any similarly colored tiger beetles. It’s so prominent that an alert observer can spot it several feet away. Compare to the labrum of the Oregon Tiger Beetle. Like all tiger beetles, this species has fearsome jaws, seen at work in the movie (6).