i came across this fine creature late one evening in ahwahnee, california (about 30 minutes southwest of yosemite). i threw my keys in the photo for scale. the owners of the b&b i was staying at where as clueless as i, they had never seen one. i was about to put on my overshirt when i noticed the bug – it looks like some kind of beetle to me, but i am not versed in bugs at all. is it possible for you to identify this & solve our collective mystery? thank you,
What a magnificent male California Prionus, Prionus californicus, you encountered. He was probably attracted to the lights on in your room at night.