Subject: help beetle ID
Location: San Diego County
August 22, 2016 11:18 am
I’m a bird photographer. Keep seeing this flying beetle buzzing through when I’m shooting hummingbirds. It’s large enough that it keeps catching my field of vision as a hummer. But a bit smaller. Flies very fast in large circular motions. Tried getting it in flight but no luck. Finally got a shot of it on a flower. Thought I could easily find it’s ID because of size and coloring. No luck though. Can you help?
Signature: Gerald Friesen


Dear Gerald,
This distinctive Scarab Beetle is commonly called a Figeater and they are especially noticeable during the hot days of summer.

Thank you so very much.
If you ever need a bird ID, please let me know.

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