Black Beetle found in Los Angeles
July 8, 2010
My daughter and I saw this little guy crawling along in Descanso Gardens. As soon as we were close he stood still and we stared at him for a good long while. Once we moved on he happily kept on walking. He was not smooth and appeared to have little ridges along his back. He was not shiny but a dull black.
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Los Angeles, CA
Your beetle is a Diabolical Ironclad Beetle, Phloeodes diabolicus, and you can find additional information on BugGuide. BugGuide indicates it is found in California in “Woodlands, Found under loose bark of oak, cottonwood.”