Saturday, August 24, 2013

A June Bug in July, and Reminisced About in August

   On Fourth of July I was celebrating at home when I went outside to see if I could see the fireworks. I had no luck in this endeavor because there were a bunch of trees in the way, but I did discover an interesting insect. He was fluttering around the light on the side of the house when I spotted him. I was trying to get a closer look at him when he landed on tree leaf. He must not have found his balance because he fell and plopped right in front of my feet. I was able to get a better look at him and I could see that this bug was a mystery to me. I went inside to get a jar, poked some holes in the lid, and brought the little fellow inside so I could get a better look at him. He is a large bug, about an inch long, and very unusual looking, especially with his flashy antennas. I have an insect identification guide, but the guide proved to be no help in discovering the identity of this little fellow. But with a quick internet search, David discovered the insects identity. He is a ten striped June beetle! I have heard of 'June bug' as a term of endearment, but I didn't know that June bugs really existed in the wild! After taking pictures of my June bug, I set him free and never saw him again. Maybe, next Fourth of July, I will hear a flutter of insect wings in the air. When I look up, I'll see my old friend the June Bug merrily flying amongst the tree leaves.


Mom said...

Now that is an interesting bug, especially with those flashy antennae.

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Never heard of those before! Hope one day you'll meet again :-)

Amber @ Fauna Finds Flora said...

Thanks for the comments. He was a cool bug!