Or click on the RSS icon to subscribe via the RSS feed reader of your choice. Scorpion: Any of several species of skink or snake. The hard shelled ones don’t do as much damage. How could one name be applied to two completely different insects in two completely different areas? As an adult I had just settled in the Houston area and my yard was taken over by these beautiful iridescent beetles called Figeater beetle in the fall. In retrospect I don’t care what names people identify other animals with, so long as the textbooks are consistent. There’s another common term for ya. Scientists often stick to scientific names, two-word names that are attached to individual described species. I lived in Ohio most of my life and I was told that the brown beatles were June bugs. I find myself becoming more tolerant of “bugs” as I gracefully age. Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. If you happen to check back, do you happen to know the species? ( Log Out / On the other hand, everyone seemed to understand the concept of “alligator” quite well when I was there. Once the June bug emerges, it is extremely attracted to light. I get a lot of questions about June bugs from non-entomologists. I found this while looking up a smaller version of the June Bug which I found out (in this blog) is a Figeater Beetle.
I’ll actually be writing a blog post about it soon! They June bug I grew up with where in Tennessee an as kids we would catch them an tie a piece of sewing string around them an fly them around the yard. (But then again, I think all scarabs look mostly alike…), Salamander: Southeastern Pocket Gopher Excellent! Fabulous!
Thanks for sharing your June bug with me! They are light brown with vertical white stripes. It was not until I was well into adulthood that I realized that the locust in the bible and the ‘locust’ in West Virginia were completely different bugs. It all depends on your personal history and who taught you what a June bug is! Interesting! My sister and I were playing with the beetles we called potato bugs (i.e., the little brown scarabs, my dad’s name for them) that were crawling on the window screen under the porch light and my mom slipped and called them June bugs and not potato bugs for the first time. Mutabilis is the June bug dive bombing me today in Charlotte. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. BTW, your potato bug has always been a roly poly to me. Why do June bugs only come out once a year. However, the scientific name of an animal is sometimes hard for a non-scientist to say or remember. Also, I never knew people considered “potato bugs” to be June bugs! I’m really glad I found your site and this post. I have to disagree that they can vary regionally on a professional scale, but then again, whats the point in caring if the majority of experts prefer the actual species name. I live in Arizona and my June bug is brown, makes a buzzing sound when flying , and with it’s spiky legs can get tangled in long hair. My mom had to explain that our dad called the green scarabs June bugs, but the little brown scarabs were June bugs to her. Funny, I grew up calling Cicadas June bugs. Post was not sent - check your email addresses!
The green ones I always called a Scarab. There aren’t too many situations in life that work out that way, but by all means continue thinking June bugs are brown because that’s how you learned then and everyone has a slightly different idea of what they should look like. Citing certain Wikipedia sources regarding a “nickname” for a species isn’t very proper, but I understand where you’re going with all this. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. How interesting! Phrases like “June bug” and “May fly” are so generic that they can easily be applied to almost any species of insect. I spent my summers growing up in rural West Virginia. Maybe that was an expression of that time & place. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. That might be the same sort of June bug my mom knows from the opposite corner of your state. Any idea why these bugs swarm my house like a tide of drunkards; and only between 9-9:30? Or Water Skeeters. ( Log Out / The beautiful multi-green metallic June Bugs of Southern California are always a sign of summer to me. It wasn’t until much later that I realized that I didn’t even have the same June bug as my dad. Now I see that apparently no one else calls Cicadas June bugs. do june bugs make a noise? While ours are brown, they also have a thick layer of yellow fur on their thorax underside. I’m basing all of this solely on my own observations of what are likely very similar beetles to the brown June bugs you’re seeing. My grandmother was a Quaker farm girl in the same area, born in 1902, & used that expression, as well. Those things are a gorgeous bright lime green, about what I picture as fluorescent green. Ha ha! I haven’t read through all the comments but i find this quite interesting: From your article I get the idea that people in the US mostly know either brown or green-metallic scarabs in their area and call them june bugs. The Fig beetle (Cotinis texana) and the June beetle (Cotinis nitida) are Not the same. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Whether they’re “June bugs” or not depends so much on where you’re from originally, but a lot of people in Tucson do call those little brown guys June bugs. They’re the most annoying thing ever alway pinging at window screens ew. In fact, this morning there were at least 100 hovering and diving into the grass in our background. Miss the Tennessee June bug. I moved to Pennsylvania in my twenties and found that the didn’t even know what a june bug was. Phyllophaga (white grubs) recorded by Jamee Brandhorst-Hubbard w/ soil microphone [449 kB, 9 s]. Southern California. When my grandfather described someone who would be answerable for a misdeed, he would say that would happen “like a duck on a june bug. All Bug Sounds in both Wav and MP3 formats Here are the sounds that have been tagged with Bug free from SoundBible.com. How cool to learn a language from encyclopedias! This is the first of your posts that I have read. Oddly, I can’t remember them showing me what a June bug looked like. We’d fly them for 15 or 20 minutes and then let them go. That’s where I always got the most of them. Thanks for sharing though! In Tucson, Arizona there are both the brown (pork’n bean type) and the big shiny green ones. I was not afraid of them. Home; Sound Effects ; Royalty Free Sounds; About; Request Sound; Blog; Bug Sounds. We tied thread on them and flew them when I was a kid in Arizona too! With your help, I now can “discuss” the topic. I was afraid of them for years. The four stages of development for the June bug are egg, larva, pupa and adult. Loved doing that. I’ve been in Tucson 3 summers and this is the first year my house has been covered with these reddish-brown beetle-like bugs. I have a green one living with my young bearded dragon in an aquarium. Earlier in the summer they’re light brown but of late I’ve noticed they’re a darker brown color. I’m from Kentucky and the June bugs here are the large green ones. Get confused about the meaning of “Alligator” and you’re short an arm. You may be the only one who thinks of cicadas as June bugs, but honestly they’re more appropriately called June bugs given that they’re often out and about in June and belong to the true bug order. I live in central Ca, and every June, my front porch is littered with dying bugs that I have called Junebugs. I had to admit to him, after searching several web sights and reading many articles that we are both right! If not, something else. It’s crazy how many there are. 0 0. We had a lot of that genus in Arizona and I agree – they do act a little crazy! Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? I live in Arizona and my June bug is brown, makes a buzzing sound when flying , and with it’s spiky legs can get tangled in long hair. I know they’re numerous, but I still enjoy them. Love the cross-phyla common name confusion. I spent a good part of my childhood in the Beaumont area of Texas, where our version of the June Bug looks to be the European chafer, small, brown and would be everywhere in the spring.
So you guys have brown June bugs. June bugs are so gross haha hate them.
I live in east texas and I believe the scientific name for the insect that we call a june bug is Phyllophaga sp. The pictures of the smaller brown nocturnal beetle looks like something we called a ‘Bean Beetle’ and was a pest that attacked everyone’s farm plants. Common names have their place for sure, but they also cause confusion. Thanks for sharing this! I think what you are hearing is a Cicada. I found it both educational and entertaining. Love your article on June Bugs! Not many people call them that who aren’t children of entomologists, but that’s awesome.
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