Subject: Bee mimic?
Location: Northern California (Sierra Nevada Foothills)
May 4, 2016 5:18 am
What is this thing??? Looks like some kind of beetle to me, based on the antennae and wings, but that inverted abdomen is wild! Found in Northern California a couple of days ago. Please help us figure out just what this little critter is.
We absolutely love to receive images of Lion Beetles, Ulochaetes leoninus, as they are not commonly seen. Lion Beetles are Longhorned Borer Beetles in the family Cerambycidae and they are effective mimics of stinging bees or wasps.