Introduced into California from Australia in 1892 for control of the black scale - Saissetia oleae
According to "Field Guide to the Beetles of California", Evans & Hogue, this is a common species found exclusively around the salt marshes of interior southern CA such as the Salton Sea.
Probably in the tribe Typophorini.
The Coleoptera /koʊliːˈɒptərə/ order of insects is commonly called beetles. The word "coleoptera" is from the Greek κολεός, koleos, meaning "sheath"; and πτερόν, pteron, meaning "wing", thus "sheathed wing", because most beetles have two pairs of wings, the front pair, the "elytra", being hardened and thickened into a sheath-like, or shell-like, protection for the rear pair, and for the rear part of the beetle's body. The superficial consistency of most beetles' morphology, in particular their possession...