I love summer in Southern California, but one thing I dread more than anything in the month on June, are June bugs. They are emerging as summer’s warmth is upon us. The green June beetle, one of some 300 species of scarab beetles found in Southern California, flashes a metallic green underbelly as it buzzes about erratically. The beetles have spent at least a year underground in larval form munching at the roots of lawns and your favorite yard plants. They become metallic green before becoming mature, and range in size from 12 to 35 millimeters. The adults are blackish or reddish-brown in color. The thing I hate most about these bugs is that they have very hairy, sticky legs, and they buzz horribly!! They can’t see a darn thing, and they fly right into you, then they just “stick”. You can’t get them off!!! Can you picture me panicking yet?
My only revenge is to get one to land on their backs…they are helpless. They will spin around for ever trying to grasp anything to help them flip over, and I just watch and grin.
These beetles are nocturnal, coming to lights in great numbers, so I don’t spend very much time outside at night in the month of June. We don’t cohabitate too well together. So June bugs. . . get over your little insignificant existence quick this month!