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The family of Cicindelidae, also known as Tiger Beetles, are members of the suborder Adephaga within the Order Coleoptera. Adult tiger beetles are easy to recognize, they have big compound eyes wich are wider than the pronotum, in most of the genera. Antennae are eleven-segmented, very filiform and inserted on the frons above clypeus and below the eyes. Legs are long and have five-segmented tarsi. Other comon thing among the family are the long sickle shaped mandibles.

Tiger beetles come in many colors. Some are plain black, but others are stunningly decorated in metallic green, brown, maroon, or purple, often with stripes or spots.

Tiger beetles vary in size. The smallest measures 6 millimeters, the largest measures up to 45 millimeters.

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