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I found this crawling across a pine needle-laden trail while searching for antlions.

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Some relative of the Beetle ??? I think it's called a Devil's Coach Horse, which is a beetle kind of thing...

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Coleoptera Meloidae.... Meloe sp.

This is Meloe proscarabeus

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This one is in thanathosis

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Larvae on flower, waiting for a bee

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Sure it's related to spanish fly (Lytta vesicatoria)... they belong from the same family: Meloidae

Lytta vesicatoria

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That's what I thought: It looks like a rove beetle (Coach horse thing) But is there a possibility it's an ant queen of some sort? Look at the swollen abdomen.

Rove beetle wasn't a bad guess at all. I took this photo of the Devil's Coach-horse Beetle (Staphylinus olens) on Saturday:

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Though they're tucked under its elytra, it does have wings that nearly span the length of its abdomen.

Peter

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My friend and I found 2 more a few days later, then I found a dead one a week ago.

We're in the US, specifically MI.

The local park is proving to be a very good place to bug hunt.

Perhaps there are cockroaches in the bathrooms... :D

EDIT-

Just found something interesting about the park:

Apparently, thousands of years ago it was the edge of lake Eerie, which would explain the sandy soil.

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My friend and I found 2 more a few days later, then I found a dead one a week ago.

We're in the US, specifically MI.

The local park is proving to be a very good place to bug hunt.

Perhaps there are cockroaches in the bathrooms... :D

EDIT-

Just found something interesting about the park:

Apparently, thousands of years ago it was the edge of lake Eerie, which would explain the sandy soil.

I would bet that if you look around enough, you will find roaches. I think there are around 50 that can be found in North America and only 3 or 4 get any fame. :(

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