A common North American species of beetle which has a total lifespan of just under 5 years. They are easily recognizable by their large, white, overlapping mandibles. Adult is 12 to 14 mm in length, with long legs. Small white spots on the beetle's metallic-green to metallic-blue elytra, usually numbering six, but some have less or even none at all.
They are commonly found in the deciduous forests. Six-spotted Tiger Beetles live in woody places, and they like shady openings such as dirt paths and fallen logs to hunt caterpillars, ants, spiders, and many other kinds of arthropods. This species is not gregarious, but sometimes many beetles may be seen in one fallen log.