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hi I found this outside, it's fleshy and about 2 inches long. I guess it's some type of beetle but would like to have it identified.
It's one of the Giant Water Bugs, Belostomatidae. They are aquatic bugs but fly freely between water sources.
We do not have these in the UK so I would guess you are in the USA?
Ah thank you! Yes I looked it up after you said what it was, and indeed that's what it looks like. Very cool, although I'm not sure what it is doing in my yard as the nearest largish water source is about a mille or so away. And yes, am in USA.
Thanks again for identifying it