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Hairy beetle - Paracotalpa granicollis

Hairy beetle - Paracotalpa granicollis
Salt Lake, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
May 7, 2006
Size: 3/4 inch
Does anyone know what this beetle is? He's rather hairy and colorful.

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Hairy beetle - Paracotalpa granicollis Chafer on a rock - Paracotalpa granicollis

Moved from Paracotalpa.

Paracotalpa granicollis
I've done some checking and I believe this is Paracotalpa granicollis (second row, far left).

Thanks for the quick ID and for already placing him (or her) where he belongs.

Great shot.
What is it on?

Chafer resting on a rock
It landed on a very colorful rock in Red Butte Gardens, a wonderful place to photograph flowers and bugs. I've attached another photo to show the very unusual rock.

I thought it was a rice cake.

Paracotalpa sp.
Great, new genus for the guide; Paracotalpa.

I remember finding one of these "little bears" on a herpetology trip to southeast Oregon. It was so spectacular that it finally got me in good graces with the vertebrate-minded folks:-)

common name
Do you know, is 'little bear' a widely used common name for the genus as a whole or just for the species Paracotalpa ursina?

Beetle phobia.
It was amazing I got this picture at all since I'm not fond of beetles (I'd rather photograph spiders). But, after seeing this little green, hairy beetle, I may change my opinion.

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