Rain Beetle: Pleocoma hoppingi

Subject:  Rain Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Arnold, California 4000′
Date: 02/13/2020
Time: 09:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this beetle crawling across our cabin front porch. When I was looking at beetle photos to try to identify it, I thought it sort of looked like a California Rain Beetle, but I didn’t think they lived at 4000″ in the mountains.  Can you tell what this guy/gay is?
How you want your letter signed:  Curious Bug Fan

Rain Beetle

Dear Curious Bug Fan,
This is definitely a male Rain Beetle in the genus
Pleocoma, and it is our first submission of the season because California has had a very dry winter.  Perhaps Rain Beetle expert Gene St. Denis will write in with a species identification.

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