Prionus root-boring beetle

This beetle was running all over the leaf litter and around the base of trees, probing the ground with the end of its abdomen. It seemed to be laying eggs with a lance-like ovipositor. If my identification is correct, the larvae that hatch from the eggs will dig down into the soil and feed on tree roots.

The largest beetle that I've seen in some time. She was nearly five inches long.

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