Saturday, August 24, 2013

Corralitas Drive: June Bug

Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 23, 2013.  The dog was cautiously stalking a 2" iridescent green beetle which was flying & landing around the yard Thursday.  The dog was understandably freaked out, yet intrigued, every time the alien took off, its wings making a loud buzzing sound, then landing in the leaf matter 10' away.  (Clicking on photo won't make it better. I only got one shot.)

A check of Mt. Washington based, What's That Bug? & BugGuide indicate this is most likely an adult Green June Beetle, Cotinus nitida.  According to BugGuide, these jeweled beetles lay their eggs in decaying matter such as the leafy mulch in our yard. 

The big scarab beetles are scenic as all Hell, until one ends up in your kitchen. 

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