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I never knew how beautiful black beetles could be until I got on my knees and looked myself!
V Belov has tentatively IDed this as Anisodactylus rusticus.
Thanks so much Laura and Livian! Livian, I was thinking along the same lines as you, genus Amara or Harpalus, though it seems those have shinier exoskeletons.v belov over at bugguide has identified it as a male Anisodactylus. Thanks again Livian for the help, and Laura for the kind comment!
I think it's a Seed-Eating Ground Beetle subgenus Amara similar to if not this one:http://bugguide.net/node/view/272225
Oh wow, this is gorgeous, J!! I love the detail, what a beautiful critter :) Afraid I can't offer much on the ID side though!
Spotted on Oct 5, 2012 Submitted on Oct 5, 2012