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Green beetle almost an inch long native to the US Southwest. It goes through a grub phase in my compost bin. They are poor fliers and terrify people by landing in their hair, but they are completely harmless. This one has Phoretic Mites who are not harmful to it but I think make it hard for it to fly.
In this case, an urban garden compost bin.
Answered quickly by Ornithoptera80!! I don't know what the orange stuff on this beetle is and would like help understanding it. Is it eggs? Illness?
Spotted on Aug 8, 2021
Submitted on Aug 13, 2021
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