Subject: Big beetle
Location: Baja California Sur
November 6, 2015 5:01 pm
Can you please tell me what this is? It landed in our backyard in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
Signature: Cheryl Connors
This is a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae, and it resembles Ampedus sanguinipennis that is pictured on BugGuide. We suspect it may be a member of the same genus.
Update: Ruby Click Beetle
Thanks to a comment from coleopterist Dr. Arthur Evans, we now know that this is the Ruby Click Beetle, Chalcolepidius rubripennis, a species depicted on Whole Sale Insects.