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Meloe oil beetle? - Cordylospasta opaca - female

Meloe oil beetle? - Cordylospasta opaca - Female
Antelope Valley County, California, USA
March 28, 2010
Size: 19mm
Found this insect digging a hole in the trail. It was stunned for a moment when I tried to move it, thus the lateral view on the left.

female Cordylospasta opaca (Horn) -- J.D. Pinto det.
"the males are fully winged and look quite different"

so, new genus for the Guide, Kolby -- thank you so much! please keep an eye out for them: we need more good images.

Moved from ID Request.

More likely Meloe sp.
not an id, but similar to:


More info here:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/303

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