big black one in Wyoming
I saw this amazing, tireless creature on the my front porch, and delayed her so I could take some pictures. Our house is on 12 acres outside Cheyenne, Wyoming, and we have Aspen and Blue Spruce in our yard, although most of the land around us is grassy prairie. The bug was about 1.5 inches long and leathery. It looked like a very tough, very big, very pregnant ant to me. Thanks for your assistance in identifying it.
These could well be the finest photos of an Oil Beetle, Meloe angusticollis, one of the Blister Beetles, that we have ever received.