New York Natural Heritage Program
Appalachian Tiger Beetle
Cicindela ancocisconensis T.W. Harris, 1852

Habitat [-]
The Appalachian tiger beetle is a riparian species of hilly and low mountainous regions (Pearson et al. 2006, Knisley and Schultz 1997, Leonard and Bell 1999). It typically inhabits the edges of forested streams and rivers where it occupies sand bars, shaded sand beaches, and gravel areas or cobble bars, but has also been found on dirt roads in the proximity of streams and rivers (Pearson et al. 2006, Knisley and Schultz 1997, Leonard and Bell 1999, Gordon 1939, New York Natural Heritage Program 2006). Areas supporting this species in New York tend to have a substrate mixture of sand, cobble, and some larger rocks with sparse to moderate vegetation of various herbaceous species and saplings of cottonwood (Populus deltoides), willow (Salix) or sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) (New York Natural Heritage Program 2006).

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Cobble shore
    A community that occurs on the well-drained cobble shores of lakes and streams. These shores are usually associated with high-energy waters (such as high-gradient streams), and they are likely to be scoured by floods or winter ice floes.
  • Riverside sand/gravel bar
    A meadow community that occurs on sand and gravel bars deposited within, or adjacent to, a river channel. The community may be very sparsely vegetated, depending on the rates of deposition and erosion of the sand or gravel.

Associated Species [-]
  • Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela duodecimguttata)
  • Cobblestone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela marginipennis)
  • Bronzed Tiger Beetle (Cicindela repanda)