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Phodaga alticeps

Phodaga alticeps
Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, California, USA
May 17, 2003
ID confirmed by Dr. J.D. Pinto (University of California Riverside), an authority on Meloidae. See also my photo of another specimen of this species:

Great shot!

to Meloidae.
By the way, I observed several of these that evening around sunset. All were climbing up some twig, or culm of grass. At the top they appeared to settle down for the night.