Subject: My New Friend
Location: Holly Springs, MS
September 21, 2017 5:41 PM
I was picking Magnolia tree seeds off the ground and made a new friend. LoL
Hope you’re having a great bug day! Thank you for all you do. Your public adores your website!
Aka previous bug queen
Dear Stephanie, AKA bug queen,
We love that you get a manicure and don your jewelry prior to doing yard work. This awesome beetle is a Bess Beetle in the family Passalidae. According to BugGuide: “Unusual (for beetles) subsocial lifestyle. Adults and larvae live together in family groups in galleries excavated in rotting wood by adults. Adults care for larvae, and actively feed them prechewed food. Both adults and larvae stridulate, which is used for communication within the group.”