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Very large early spring beetle
April 2, 2010
Very large early spring beetle
I found this large 3.5-4 inch beetle in my yard on 3/31/10 in Traverse City Michigan (Northern lower penninsula). I have never seen such a large beetle! It was in the yeard in the dry (no rain this spring) dirt near the yard. Very rural area. We do own horses but it was atleast 500ft from the horses’ yard. It was a medium brown/tan in color. The wings were open and the beetle’s wings appeared injured. It had no horns and a small mouth. Is it some sort of very large dung beetle?
Angela
Traverse City, MI

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Dear Angela,
Your photo is quite blurry, but this appears to be a Predaceous Diving Beetle in the family Dytiscidae.  See BugGuide for possible genera.

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