Well it finally happened. After three years of searching, I finally found a rain beetle. I’m guessing that it is Pleocoma tularensis, but with the superficial (shall we say “stormy”) nature of rain beetle taxonomy, it might end up being P. fimbriata. In A.C. Davis’s revision, the two species are very difficult to distinguish. Linsley’s key to species resorts to geography to tell them apart. To complicate things, I found this individual in Fresno County fairly close to the point where the distributions of the two species meet. When this group is better understood, I expect that P. tularensis will be a subspecies of P. fimbriata (as Davis originally proposed). For those of you new to rain beetles, they are fairly large scarab-like beetles (family Pleocomidae at the moment). This one is well over an inch (30 mm) long.