Identify this beetle bug?

Pic. Central South Carolina.

blister beetle?

Don’t know what it is (Google Lens comes up with some similar but insufficiently similar species) but it is definitely not a blister beetle–morphology is way off.

Looks like Asphaera lustrans, I think.

Apparently Asphaera lustrans is just the name of its crotch…

Thanks. Sure looks like it. Great introductory post!