Subject: Big, friendly beetle
Location: Manosque, Haute Provence, France
July 15, 2016 1:53 pm
This bug kept flying into out cabin this evening in Manosque in Provence. Pound coin for scale. We’ve gently released it a few times but it keeps returning. Attracted by light. Children love it.
Signature: D. Mullen
Dear D. Mullen,
Your beetle is Polyphylla fullo, commonly called a Pine Chafer. According to NatureSpot, it is found: “In and around pine woods especially on sandy soil but usually only encountered as a vagrant in Britain.” This is one of the beetle species that is known for producing very audible sounds by rubbing body parts together, a process known as stridulation.