Subject: Maybe a beetle
Geographic location of the bug: Southwest Washington state
Time: 12:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Initially looks like a beetle but what looks to be wings aren’t shaped and only go down half the body
How you want your letter signed: Doesn’t matter. Thanks for the identification
This is indeed a Beetle. More specifically, it is a Blister Beetle in the genus Meloe, commonly called an Oil Beetle.