Identify this bug
Location:  Eastern Oregon
August 16, 2010 4:40 pm
I need help identifying this bug. It was found in a forested setting at about 4300 ft.
Eric S. Tonn

Lion Beetle

Hi Tom,
When we received a submission just over a year ago of this same species, a Lion Beetle,
Ulochaetes leoninus, it took quite some time to properly identify it.  There continues to be but a single image of this species on BugGuide and there is no accompanying information.  CalPHotos has a lovely image of the Lion Beetle with its wings spread.  This species is quite unusual in that the elytra do not cover the flight wings.

Lion Beetle

We are so thrilled to be adding a second posting of this rare beetle that we are using all three of your images.

Lion Beetle

2 Responses to Lion Beetle

  1. Andrew says:

    We found a lion beetle in South Lake Tahoe, California. About 6200 feet in elevation. If you want a photo, I can send it.

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