This was found just outside our hooch in Kuwait. A friend in the states guessed darkling beetle. Any idea? I have seen no insects in Baghdad larger than a mosquito. Anything interesting I should keep an eye out for? Or good places to look? Thanks,
CTT1 Micah Coleman and CTR1 Fred Smith (He actually spotted the beetle)
Camp Slayer, Baghdad
We are in agreement with your friend who identified this as a Darkling Beetle. Darkling Beetles are in the family Tenebrionidae. Our two most common submissions from the Gulf are Mole Crickets and Camel Spiders.