recently i was at a good friend's house when his neighbor pulled up grumbling about some beetle. he hit it while driving in his car back from the dry side and it stuck in his windshield wipers and survived the trip home. well, as certified dumbasses, we apprehended the mighty little creature. it was about 2.5 inches long and was the biggest, gnarliest beetle i have ever seen. so, like i said, im an idiot. so we froze it until it konked out. we then tied it to about 2 feet of leader, and then tied the other end to an inflated condom. we put the beetle in the sun until it came back to life. when it awakened it was not too happy. it started hissing and flying all around, dragging behind it an inflated trojan! i documented the idiocy and will post pics soon.
I know its an old picture but the beetle in your picture in a Prionus Californicus. There are lots of pictures on the web. I had a hard time deciding if it was a Prionus of Western Pine Sawyer. However, judging by the length and lobing of the antennas and the lenght of the abdomen relative to the hind legs, I am almost certain that it is a Prionus.