Clown Beetle

What’s this beetle?
I live in north central West Virginia. I found this beetle trapped in a sink. It’s very shy, pulling its legs up underneath it’s body and playing dead at any movement. Despite the camera flash reflections, the beetle is actually an extremely flat black, which is why I had trouble getting a decent exposure. Hopefully there’s enough detail for someone to make an identification. Thanks.
Douglas Locke

Hi Douglas,
This is a Clown Beetle in the Genus Hololepta. BugGuide has some great photos of this interestingly shaped predatory beetle.

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