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Fun click beetle ID!!!! - Melanactes piceus

Fun click beetle ID!!!! - Melanactes piceus
Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri, USA
May 8, 2008
Size: ~30 mm
This fella was fighting a head wind of about 5 mph when I walked out. Didn't know what it was at first until I slapped it down in the grass and picked it up. I know how difficult it is to ID these dark clickers, but I'd love to know what it is. Hopefully it can be of value to some guide pages. I've got tons more images other than these.

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Fun click beetle ID!!!! - Melanactes piceus Fun click beetle ID!!!! - Melanactes piceus Fun click beetle ID!!!! - Melanactes piceus Fun click beetle ID!!!! - Melanactes piceus Fun click beetle ID!!!! - Melanactes piceus

At that size and color it might be
Melanactes piceus in the guide here

 
Thanks!!
That's the one I leaned towards, but I know how pesky it can be to ID these guys just based on the guide pages. I see you have taken pictures of that particular species as well!!

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