Hello – please apply your expertise to identify this gorgeous beetle I saw on the ground in New Mexico (Chaco Culture N.P. to be exact) in September. I have searched on the web with no success, but your excellent website has given me hope. He was quite large…an inch? I”m trying not to exaggerate and turn my beetle into a shaggy dog! I know you only select at random, but I’m crossing my fingers that you will help. Thanks in any case for a great site.
Barbara in Ontario.
This is a Blister Beetle in the genus Megetra, possibly Megetra vittata. They are sometimes known as Oil Beetles. Here is a page on BugGuide with some interesting information.