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Scarab beetle - Gymnetina howdeni

Scarab beetle - Gymnetina howdeni
Miller Canyon, Arizona, USA
July 16, 2009
Size: 1.5-2.5 inches
this beetle was on the ground on a trail up Miller Canyon, near Sierra Vista, AZ. 15 people looked at this insect, including a local nature guide, who said that he had never seen this species before. The habitat was pine-oak woodlands mixed with spruce. The beetle was found near the base of the mountain (not an extremely high elevation).

thanks again, Bill
Moved from Gymnetina cretacea.

Gymnetina howdeni Warner & Ratcliffe
A beautiful beetle collected in a formerly beautiful spot....unfortunately now completely burnt except for the tops of some of the riparian trees that were burnt below. Essentially all of the oaks are now charcoal. It will be a few decades before good Gymnetina habitat returns to that canyon.

First one that looks alive
They are not uncommon at Miller Canyon, but usually they fligh so high that they are out of reach and we find only dead ones.

Moved from ID Request.

inches, not centimeters???
looks like a Gymnetina of sorts to me

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