Subject: What pretty eyelashes you have…
Location: Aurora, CO
July 18, 2013 10:45 pm
My husband spotted this beauty on the side of our house this evening. I’ve looked up several feather-horned beetles, but can’t find one quite like this one. Would you have any ideas?
Signature: Intrigued in CO
Dear Intrigued in CO,
This is a Lined June Beetle in the genus Polyphylla. We are not certain if it is our Bug of the Month, the Ten Lined June Beetle, or a closely related species. Your individual is a male and he uses those highly developed antennae, which do resemble eyelashes, to locate females by sensing their pheromones.