Mystery SoCal Bug (not a jerusalem cricket!)
This is a shot I took back in March of 06. We found it on a herp trip to SoCal, it was in a canyon somewhere between Joshua Tree & the Salton Sea. It was about the size of a lima bean. I’m a biologist and I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s been bugging me for almost a year, help bugman! Cheers,
What a great photo of a Desert Spider Beetle in the genus Cysteodemus. This is probably Cysteodemus armatus which is found in California. Desert Spider Beetles are a group of Blister Beetles in the family Meloidae.