Subject: What kind of beetle is this?
Geographic location of the bug: Abingdon, MD
Time: 06:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: First day of summer and the weather is perfect – 80 degrees and no humidity! I found this by my ornamental pond today when I was checking on the gazillion tadpoles we have growing in there. We normally don’t get beetles this big. It’s about 1.5″ long and fat! It’s bottom and underside are reddish in color. It didn’t seem like it could fly and I don’t know if it even had wings. Very cute bug though! It’s too early for the Japanese beetles which usually come in July. Just wondering what it is. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed: C. Baker
Dear C. Baker,
We believe this Scarab Beetle is a Carrot Beetle, Tomarus gibbosus, based on images posted to BugGuide. There are additional images on iNaturalist.