Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris)

Green tiger beetles are iridescent green coloured ground beetles with yellowish spots on their back.  These stunning looking beetles are specialists of heathland, moorland, sandy grasslands and coastal dunes.  The lowland heath habitats of Hartlebury Common are ideal for them. They are fast, agile, voracious predators that feed on a variety of other insects such as ants, spiders and caterpillars.  If disturbed they will fly off a short distance making a buzzing sound in flight.   Adult Green tiger beetles can be seen from April to September but numbers tend to peak during late Spring.