Location: Lake Lure, North Carolina
July 10, 2011 5:05 pm
I came across a few of these flying insects in North Carolina, in the woods just a few minutes drive from Lake Lure, and took these pics. Probably an inch in total length, and emitted a hissing noise at times. Most amazing to me were the antennae, which you can see unfolded into a beautiful array. Do you know the species?
Signature: John Gibb Millspaugh
Yes indeed, the antennae of the Variegated June Beetle, Polyphylla variolosa, are amazing. The pictured individual is a male and his antennae are more developed to better “sniff” out the pheromones of the female. We speculate that is the case, but no one really knows, from the male Variegated June Beetle’s perspective, what it is like to sense a mate, perhaps even from a great distance. Your photos are truly amazing, and you can see how much better they are aesthetically as well as documentarily, by comparing your images to the ones posted to BugGuide.