Southern California Beetle ID?
Location: Perris/Lake Matthews/Riverside, CA
February 27, 2012 4:50 pm
Seen any of these? Found today on exterior wall. Cloudy weather, 50 degrees F, bug ”sluggish”.
Signature: Gary

Ironclad Beetle

Dear Gary,
This little critter is an Ironclad Beetle, and it got its name from the incredible toughness of its exoskeleton that is nearly impossible to pierce.  We just posted a photo from Tanzania that we believe is an Ironclad Beetle.

Thank you Daniel,
I spent two hours trying to figure it out, and was stymied!

Location: California

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