Monday, June 02, 2008
June. Beetle. 2008.
Last night this beetle appeared on the screen door right on time or just a bit late. As I opened the door, it dropped off onto the doormat awaiting its portrait. Lots of beetle species are grouped in the superfamily Melolonthinae and are commonly called "June bugs" and/or "May beetles". This refers to the (uncanny) timing of the adult beetles' emergence after the underground-feeding grubs mature and pupate. It's not clear whether this beetle, which I'm guessing is a European chafer (amphimallon majale) based on gross anatomy and likelihood, is to be expected in May or June, but it's weird how June the first nearly always finds us face-to-snout with one of these species of scarabaeidae.