Why are June Bugs called June Bugs?
The nights may be growing shorter with the upcoming arrival of summer, but your outdoor lights may be busier than ever. That’s because it’s June bug season.
What are June bugs?
The name “June bug” refers to any of the 100 species of beetles. Other common names for the June bug include “June beetle” and “May beetle.
June bugs can cause damage to gardens, lawns and pastures. They are classified as chafers, meaning they feed on vegetation, specifically leaves. Their diet can also encompass grass, flowers, fruit, food crops such as grains (wheat, corn, etc.), sap and decaying organic material. June bugs are nocturnal. They feed from dusk through the evening hours in order to avoid predators.
Where does the name June bug come from?
June bugs derive their name from the fact that adult June bugs emerge from the soil at the end of spring or the beginning of the summer.
Females bury their eggs just below the soil surface. June bug larvae hatch within 3 to 4 weeks and feed on grass and plant roots from several months to as long as three years. In spring and early summer, these larvae — also known as grubs — grow into pupae. Within 3 weeks, these pupae mature into adult June bugs.
Why are June bugs attracted to light?
Adult June bugs are generally harmless. But because they are attracted to light, they can make spending time on your porch or patio unpleasant. Even light from your home’s interior can attract June bugs in large numbers. The sound of June bugs bumping and buzzing against window screens is closely associated with summer in many parts of the United States.
Scientists are still undecided on the precise explanation for this behavior. So, why are June bugs called June bugs?
In Verdi this Saturday, May 18 at the Verdi Community Center, Charlie and Ermelinda Huizar will be selling BBQ plates with brisket, chicken and/ or sausage, potato salad and beans. Ermelinda will have her fried pies there as well. They start at 10:30 a.m. until sold out.
Bible study every Tuesday night from 7-8 p.m. at the Verdi Community Center.
Word for the week: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
My time is up and I thank you for yours.
TTFN (ta ta for now),