Ground Beetle  (two photos)
Scarites subterraneus

scarites beetle
This scary-looking insect that would surely become a smudge on the
bottom of almost anyone's shoe, is a friend to man.  It preys on other insects
as do many of these large ground beetles.  Carol Davis, 4-27-2012

I add this picture only to show that Scarites does indeed have antennae,
 which are absent in the first photo. Retractable like the cord on my
beloved Black and Decker iron? Nope, just hiding underneath. I found
this stately beast in St. George, Utah.
These beetles feed on grubs
that are feeding on your plants.  I found out today (3/4/2019) that
this species is a new state record. Carol Davis, 4-27-2012

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