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Hi sally welcome to ISPOT, please send us some sunshine.
posting here http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740
forgive me if you already know this, but the beetles are the biggest single group of animals on the planet. And this is an American specimen, to add to the fun.
Internet searches for beetles can be difficult, because of the car of the same name, and the widespread mis-spelling of a certain 60's pop group, which both add to the list of inappropriate "hits" (no pun intended).
In other words, you've set a real challenge with your first observation. Hopefully, someone will rise to it!
This reminds me of a cockchafer - which is in the Scarabaeidae family. But as Roger has said, there are a huge number of beetles which it could be! Maybe you could ask the site managers to see if they know?
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