Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bug ID

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Cute Bug
Cute Bug  
April 19th 2016 around 3:00pm Trainer Pennsylvania
I was washing my bathtub and this Bug flew through the window and right into the water! But it does not swim. I saved it and let it dry a bit before nicely placing it back outside. Someone said that its a June Bug but I want an expert opinion lol and what that thing is on it rear!!
I find it cute, and would have love to show the kids, but didn't want to risk it just In case it may not be safe. Hope you can give an answer and thank you!!!

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Hi, Samantha:

Thank you for including the nice image.

Your critter is a "Margined Carrion Beetle,"

http://bugguide.net/node/view/6775

The "thing on its rear" *is* its rear!  The tip of the abdomen is projecting beyond the tip of the wing covers (elytra), pretty typical of carrion beetles.

I guess you haven't buried the body yet...;-)  LOL!

Thank you for your curiosity and taking the time to write.  Have a great week!

Cheers,

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

Experience

Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

Awards and Honors
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

Past/Present Clients
Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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