I was given a nature picture challenge by Eric “Bam Bam” Barnett.
Nature picture challenge: 1/7 post a photo every day for one week, and invite a new person each day. This is a Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle — a species endemic to California and protected as a “threatened species” by federal law. I found this guy at the American River Bend Park a few years ago. That park is part of its “critical habitat”. Today I will challenge and choose Andrew Fulks.