Bug’s Life

Our guide to Bri­tish in­ver­te­brates

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Green tiger beetle

Cicin­dela campestris, about half an inch long

This lime-green beetle is the Usain Bolt of the in­sect world, ca­pa­ble of cov­er­ing 24in a sec­ond as it scut­tles over sandy ter­rain found in its favoured ter­ri­tory of dry heaths and dunes. Its su­perla­tive speed, large eyes and pow­er­ful jaws make it a fe­ro­cious preda­tor of ants and cater­pil­lars. Si­mon Lester

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