Green June Bug

Green June Bug in August

Green June bug: although quite common here in the summer, I had never really looked at one until I caught a glimpse of something metallic blue as I took the garbage to the curb for pickup the next day. At first glance I thought maybe it was one of the metallic blue cutter bees I have seen here on roses in early spring. I got my camera, moved the dead insect out of crack in the sidewalk, and proceeded to photograph it. I had to get down on the ground to do it, and I just ignored the people who slowed down driving by who wondered what this woman was doing on the driveway.

It wasn’t until I turned it over that I realized it was a very common green June bug, a type of scarab beetle. The back view is not particularly impressive:

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Green June Bug, a scarab beetle

I had seen that view many times. It was the complexity and beauty of the underside that I had never seen before.

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Underside, Green June Bug

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Green June Bug: Beautiful in Its Complexity. “Facial” View, the Eyes Were Missing

Garden takeaway: green June bugs do not harm the garden.

Photography takeaway: you don’t always have to go looking for things to photograph; sometimes they just appear when people keep their eyes open. 🙂

Update: There are two species of Green June Bugs. The one that occurs in the West, from Texas to California (including New Mexico) may also be referred to as the Fig Beetle of Figeater Beetle. More info here. Thanks, Tim.

7 thoughts on “Green June Bug

  1. Weird photographers! See what macro lenses do to you? I’ve never heard them called “green June bugs”. We call them “peach scarabs”, and we have lots of them buzzing around the garden. They really like the butterfly blushes. Their iridescent, metallic-looking undersides are really beautiful.

    • Hi, Tim. I had to look it up, but its name really is “Green June Bug.” Go figure, huh? At least, that is what it is called by *some* people. I could not believe how beautiful it was. Are these the ones that get “drunk” over there?
      People driving by really did wonder what I was doing. I think some couldn’t see the camera from their angle, and those who could see the camera couldn’t see anything worth photographing. Yes, indeed: macro lenses are pretty special. Thanks for dropping by!

    • Tim, I updated the post by adding this link, indicating that the Western Green June Bug may also be referred to as a Fig Beetle, a Figeater Bettle, and probably others (such as peach scarabs), Thanks for the info.

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