The kids had a morning June Bug collecting party today. #junebugs#science#entymology . Fun either way. We put a leaf and stick in with them. I taped down the sides of the little viewing container so my daughter might not accidentally set loose the little (big) #beetles into the house.
Bess pretended to be slightly irritated by the request of her fan but secretly she loved the attention. She gave the head tilt/dreamy eyes combo she often practiced in the mirror.
A Bess beetle, aka Patent Leather beetle. Mature Bess beetles are often seen with mites hitching a ride. See them on the head? From what I've read they are not harmed by them. It is a symbiotic relationship of some sort.
Does anyone know what these bugs are? We had a huge patch of them on our side yard. I've never seen them before. My first instinct was to kill them all. They left sooner than I could go back and take another pic. Where did they go so fast and so completely? #infestation#bugs#yard#entymology