- Cicindela hudsoni
- 9 kilometre(s) per hour
- Australia ()
Australian tiger beetles belonging to the genus Cicindela and subgenus Rivacindela (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) are the fastest running insects, and hence the fastest insects on land. The fastest species of all, Cicindela hudsoni, can run 2.5 metres per second (9 km/h; 5.6 mph per hour).
Prior to the tiger beetle research, the fastest insects on land were thought to be certain large cockroaches of the taxonomic order Dictyoptera, with a speed of 5.4 km/h (3.36 mph), or 50 body lengths per second, registered by Periplaneta americana at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, in 1991.