Location: Sun Valley, CA
May 17, 2016 7:24 pm
Started seeing a lot of these guys walking around.
Signature: Don’t care
This is a Desert Stink Beetle or Acrobat Beetle, a group of distinctive black Darkling Beetles that often stand still with the tip of the abdomen pointed up while expelling a foul odor, a survival strategy that explains both common names. BugGuide also indicates Circus Beetle is name that describes the entire genus. Your individual has a set of characteristics: smooth elytra, pointed abdomen tip and broad pronotum, that is quite distinctive. The closest match we could find on BugGuide is Eleodes acuticaudus.