I found this relatively large beetle in a pile of wood chips in my garden. I found smaller individuals of the same species living about an inch underground in my garden.
I live in central NJ.
The beetle is about an inch and a half long. It has a hard exterior, and is entirely black except for some things that are orange: hairs on the middle pair of legs, the gap between the head and the midsection, I don't remember where else.
The beetle makes a quiet sound, kind of like a hiss, when it gets flipped upside down.
As far as I know it can't fly.
My top guess is that it is a black ground beetle. Whatever kind of beetle it is, I would like to know:
- Does it post any threat to my vegetables/potatoes?
- Will it bite me?