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Big Eyed Beetle - Hermetia illucens

Big Eyed Beetle - Hermetia illucens
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
September 23, 2012
I've looked in a couple bug books, but can't find anything with these distinctive eyes. Can anybody recommend a good bug guide book? Found it sitting on a dahlia leaf.

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Black Soldier Fly…
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soldier fly
Thanks for the ID! the other images sure look like my bug. no wonder I couldn't find it under Beetles. Can you recommend a good bug book?

 
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The National Wildlife Federation Field Guide To Insects and Spiders of North America would certainly be one good resource.

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