Hairy May Beetle from Arizona

Subject: beetle from southern Arizona
Location: Flux Canyon, Arizona
December 13, 2013 1:03 pm
Three weeks in southern Arizona and too many bugs I can’t identify.
The area just seems to teem with gorgeous bugs.
This bug was already deceased when I found it last July .
About middle-sized…maybe an inch tops I found it in Flux Canyon, between the town of Patagonia and the Mexican border.
Because of it’s bristly hairs I nick-named it a ”javelina” beetle…….
Signature: swarner

Dung Beetle or Scarab Beetle
May Beetle

Dear swarner,
This is a Scarab Beetle or Dung Beetle, but we are having difficulty determining a more specific identification.  We will contact Eric Eaton to see if he is able to assist us.

Eric Eaton provides a correct species identification
Hi, Daniel:
Yes, this is a “May beetle,” Phyllophaga vetula.  Here’s more:
That is a really awesome image.  Would love to know who the photographer is.

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