Subject: Imposing on Beetles
Location: Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
July 8, 2013 7:46 pm
I stumbled upon these beetles having what I assume is intercourse, but I cannot seem to identify them using Google (I thought it knew everything!). They are brownish with red/orange legs.
Perhaps you can help?
Photo was taken in July, on a hot, muggy day.
Signature: Confused Peeping Tom, apparently.
Dear Confused Peeping Tom,
Though your beetles are a bit darker, we believe these are mating Rose Chafers, Macrodactylus subspinosus. You can compare your image to this photo of a mating pair of Rose Chafers from BugGuide. When they are plentiful, Rose Chafers can do considerable damage in the garden.