Salt Creek tiger beetle (Cicindela nevadica lincolniana)
Endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
Cicindela nevadica lincolniana is one of the rarest insects in the US, with only 194 adults counted in 2009. it lives in the saline wetlands of Nebraska, and is around 12mm long. Not much is known about its life cycle, but the larvae have been seen constructing burrows in muddy soil. Both the larvae and adults are predatory, catching and eating smaller insects.
This species is threatened by habitat loss, as much of its wetland home has been drained for agriculture and development. Runoff from nearby farms has also degraded this habitat.
More research into this little-known beetle is being carried out by the University of Nebraska. The Saline Wetland Conservation Partnership also plans to include locations where C. n. lincolniana is found in new protected areas.
Photo: Joel Sartore.