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What beetle is this?
December 30, 2009
I caught this huge beetle flying around outside my classroom window in Mesa, Arizona in the middle of April. On a warm sunny day.
My class thought it was a “flying spider”! What is it? any ideas? It’s not in any of my bug books. I enclosed two photos. Thanks in advanced for any help! :)
Mesa, Arizona

Hardwood Stump Borer

Hardwood Stump Borer

Hi Lisa,
Your beetle is a Hardwood Stump Borer, Mallodon dasystomus.  You can find additional images and information on BugGuide.

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