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Help: Identifying Beetle

It's 2" long, oval and about 1 inch wide in the center. It's all black, but has a ring of orange around the perimeter of the whole body that is about 2 cm in width. I'm located in southern Maine. Can anyone identify this beetle? I found it on our lawn. Thanks, Christy

Predaceous Diving Beetle?
Some species of Dytiscus would match your description, assuming you meant 2 mm and not 2 cm for the width of the orange ring. Apparently, diving beetles sometimes fly into swimming pools or any relatively flat surface that might resemble water (plastic sheeting, large tarp, trampoline etc.)

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