It’s big but what is it?
I’m out in the field in the southern Owens Valley, east of the Sierra Nevada in California, at about 4600′, and without reference materials. I’ve run across this insect that I can’t recall seeing before, but it’s fairly large (c. 3 cm in length), so I’m surprised that I’ve not noticed it before and I’m really curious about it. See attached photo. It, and several of it’s brethren, are crawling about rather clumsily on some phlox-like flowers. Can someone identify it for me? Thank you,
This is an Iron Cross Blister Beetle in the genus Tegrodera.