Subject: Unidentified flying beetle
Location: Central Texas
September 11, 2015 7:47 pm
Howdy! Saw this beetle today on my deck. Now that it’s dark outside, there are several flying around the flood light. I’m finding mixed info online about figeater vs green June bug. Any thoughts? It’s mid-September in central Texas, 130 miles NNE of Houston. No fruit here & very few flowing plants. Mostly grazing land & patches of oaks.
Thanks & gig ’em!
Signature: Dreadhead D
Dear Dreadhead D,
The Figeater and the Green June Beetle are both members of the genus Cotinis, and the ranges of the western Figeater and the eastern Green June Beetle overlap in Texas. The Green June Beetle is much more variable in coloration, and we believe your individual is the Green June Beetle, Cotinis nitida.