Can you see the large mandibles, a bit like pincers, near my mouth? I use these to dismember my prey!
I’m a great hunter and eat small ants, spiders, moth larvae and flies that I find on top of the bare sand. My long legs mean I can run across the dunes but I do also fly. I’m very rare now in the UK – some of the few places I can be found is on the dunes at the Sefton coast and in Cumbria. Having areas of free, moving sand without lots of vegetation is important to me. I sunbathe on the sand (when it’s not too windy) and dig holes up to 20cm deep into the face of the dunes to hide at night or when it’s cold. When the time comes to reproduce, I also lay my larvae in burrows in the sand, where they’re protected over the winter months before emerging in the summer.
I need heat to hunt! It takes a lot of energy to catch my food, so I like sand surface temperatures of around 28 degrees Celsius.
On the frontal dunes or open sandy dune spaces in Sefton and Cumbria.
Removing scrub with volunteers and creating mobile sand gives the Northern Dune Tiger Beetle the right habitats to hunt and hide.
Projects protecting Northern Dune Tiger Beetle
Our work on the Cumbrian Coast takes place across many different sites; Grune Point, Silloth Dunes, Drigg Dunes, Eskmeals, Haverigg, Roanhead, Sandscale Haws, North Walney including West of Airfield, and South Walney. The project is led in Cumbria by Natural England, working with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and National Trust.