Chloe Schulze - Memorial School
Warren County Runner Up
Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle
Hi! I'm Sandy, one of the Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetles. Please help my family and myself from extinction. Right now we are endangered, which is only one step away from becoming extinct!
We, Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetles, are sadly endangered because of habitat loss. Since we live on the beach- and of course you humans like to visit the beach every now and then during the summer- we are becoming extinct.
Northeastern Tiger Beetles appreciate living on long, wide, relatively undisturbed, sandy beaches of the Atlantic Coast or Chesapeake Bay. We feed on amphipods, flies, and other invertebrates. As a human, you may think that what we eat is gross! However, they are quite delicious to us beetles!
If you are wondering what a Northeastern Tiger Beetle looks like you will never have to ask that question again because I'm going to tell you. Northeastern Tiger Beetles have bronze green heads and thoraxes. We also have white to a light tan color when it comes to our forewings. Our forewings also have dark line on them. Typically we are 1 2-35 inches in length.
The interesting beetle that I'm telling you about also has interesting facts! One interesting fact about us is that our larvae are "sit and wait" predators. We hide and wait to attack! Another interesting fact is that we occur on beaches from Massachusetts to Virginia- which includes New Jersey!
In order to reproduce, so we don't become extinct, we lay eggs. The eggs are deposited in the mid-to-above high tide drift zone. Larval beetles occur in a relatively narrow band on the high drift zone, where they can be taken in by high tide.
Please help us Northeastern Tiger Beach Beatles by not polluting. You could stop littering on the beach, because like I told you we live on the beach, or you could just simply recycle. Everything you do can help us from becoming extinct. Please help, you are our only hope! Thank You!
Memorial School, Washington
Teacher: Mr. Butler
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