Giant beetle thing
Location: Southern California, summer
July 1, 2011 2:18 pm
This bug was flying around at night and you could hear it in the distance and getting closer, it landed and it had a dark, black striated shell and a reddish orange underbelly. It was over an inch long easily and after I threw boiling water on it and a glass of bleach it was still alive. It looks kind of like the broad necked root boarer on here but I would like to know for sure. Because it was the grossest thing I have ever seen and am hoping to not see another one.
Your dead beetle is related to the Broad Necked Root Borer. It is the California Root Borer and your individual is a female. Grossness should not be considered a criterion for killing a creature, so we have to consider this posting as an example of Unnecessary Carnage and today is turning out to be a carnage heavy day.