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My kids and I spotted the two green June bugs below while on a summer stroll in San Diego. At first, they looked like they were tackling each other and it was challenging to even see what type of bugs we were looking out. Honestly I have no idea if they were fighting or actually enjoying each other’s company. You can see I’m not much of a bug expert. And technically, these are called figeater beetles (Cotinis mutabilis), not just June bugs.
Eventually they separated and just stood next to each other for a little while, long enough for me to snap a few pictures.
These figeater beetles (part of the scarab family because they’re so big) have been part of our summer about everywhere we’ve been. They tend to flight blindly into everything and everyone. They startle a lot of people by flying directly into their faces and induce a lot of shrieks and rapid movements. My kids tell me they actually can’t see where they’re going and I think they may be right. They sure look a lot nicer when they’re standing still, with their metallic green wing casing closed. I got lucky the day I managed to photograph one of those green June bugs inside a yellow rose.
Are you a fan of green beetles, or would you rather say away?
Very pretty color. But I’m still not a fan of beetles…
I hear you. I’ll take them over wasps and spiders any day, though.
They sure are!
they are interesting looking critter. I’ve never seen them where I live
These are particular to the Southwest but there are many other types of scarabs all over the US and the rest of the world. Some of them can be huge!