Subject: Beetle? What is this?
Geographic location of the bug: Southern California
Time: 08:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: What kind of bug is this and will it bite? Does it fly?
How you want your letter signed: Kayla
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and we are very confident that it is a Spotted Tree Borer, Synaphaeta guexi, based on images posted to the Natural History of Orange County site. It does fly and it has very strong mandibles it uses to chew its way to the surface after it matures from a wood boring larva to a winged adult.