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Here’s a picture of one of our trees in central NM that is covered with these beetles. I think they are June bugs comparing them to a picture ;on your site. For 3 nights we have been swatting the bugs inside and just noticed tonight that all our pine trees are completely covered with these guys chewing the needles. Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of them? We had lots of birds here but none now that the bugs are here. Much appreciate your speedy reply.
Sally Beers

Hi Sally,
It is dificult to tell exactly, but your photo does seem to indicate a June Beetle infestation.. As you must realize, they are very fond of eating pine needles. Sorry, we have no erradication advice. You could try trapping them at night when they are attracted to lights.

Thanks for getting back so quick. If you are interested, here’s what we did:
At night while all the beetles were munching away we shook the tree and gathered them in a tarp. When the sun came up they dropped from the trees and began crawling to our house. Sprayed a bit on the edges of the entry way and swept a lot up. Guess they are eating by night and sleeping in our walls by day. Today will go for bug zappers to try and get some more. Thanks so much for your help.

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Any idea what bug this is? I found it flying outside near the top of my birch tree.
Thank you

Hi Hal,
You have a species of June Beetle. Your photo isn’t the best quality and it is difficult to tell if the color is really golden or if it is a reflection from your flash.

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On Wednesday, June 9, 2004, I found an eastern Hercules beetle resting on the gas pump near my home in Statesville, NC. I know that he is male because he has the most beautiful set of horns. He was quite docile whenever I found him; he may have been hungry or thirsty, I’m guessing. Anyway, I am keeping him in a ventilated clear box about 10″ by 18″ with a layer of a mixture of compost and mulch. I put a forked stick in there for him to climb on and a tiny, shallow bowl of water which I change every day. He burrows under the compost from time to time. He seems to like peeled apples and he has now become much more active. I’ve noticed that he is eating a bit of a fresh apple slice every day. He tries to rear up on his hind legs whenever I stroke his back. Unbenowance to me, I didn’t know that he is more properly called a Hercules beetle, rather than an eastern rhinoceros beetle. I had already named him Hercules! From what I’ve read, the Japanese rhinocerous beetles are sold as pets and can live to be three years old or so. What is your opinion of my keeping him as a pet? I enjoy watching him, but I certainly don’t want to shorten his lifespan by keeping him captive. If it’s okay to keep him, am I properly caring for him?
My grandchildren love “Nana’s critters”, as they call the numerous dead bumblebees, dragonflies, and other insects I’ve accumulated. This is the first time I’ve tried to keep a live insect. Any advice you can give me will be appreciated.
Diane Patrum

Dear Diane,
We have no experience keeping Hercules beetles alive, but they can be raised easily in captivity. Captive raised specimens are usually much larger than wild beetles. It sounds like you are doing everything correctly, and I see no reason why you shouldn’t keep your beetle as a pet if he is bringing you pleasure. You might want to try a google search with the word captivity as well as Hercules Beetle to find additional information. We would love to have you send in a photo if you are able. Have a nice day.

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Golden Beetle
I just found a beetle that looks very similar to a June beetle but is more pale golden in color and does not have long antennae. It’s topside looks somewhat like the Hercules or Unicorn beetle without the spots. It also has somewhat of a tiny triangular shape at the top intersection of its wings and its head somewhat like the Eastern Hercules Beetle has. It is kind of shiny as though the body is armored. I have drawn a picture of it but the picture does not really do it justice as the green you see on its wings and behind the head is more of a dotted green hue instead of stark lines. In fact I just looked at it again and the color behind the head where you see the two brown blobs is morelike two B’s, very lightly brownish hued, facing each other The white dots you see represent the shine on it. When flipped over, it is ribbed and looks more the color of a brown colored honey or horehound and its legs have somewhat fuzzy hairs on the outside edges while the chest section is fuzzy (somewhat like a bee is fuzzy). It also seems to be somewhat fuzzy under the lower portion of the wings. The hind legs get lighter at the upper portion of the leg. The undertail section is more closely ribbed than the upper section. Centered between its second set of legs and back legs is somewhat of a diamond shape with a line going through the center of the diamond (Head Tail). Your help in identifying this beetle would be tremendously appreciated!
Sincerely, Diana Isham, Grantsburg Wisconsin

Hi Diana.
We got another letter from New Hampshire reporting a similar beetle. We have decided it is probably Cotalpa lanigera which is approximately an inch long and entirely yellow with a metallic luster. It occurs near catalpa trees. It could be your beetle.

Thank you my friend! I looked up Cotalpa lanigera and thought momentarily that it might be it because it looks very much like it but its wings also looked too white. I then did a bit of research, found it on the following website and was delighted to find a lovely photo of my beetle just below Catalpa lanigera. It is called Cotalpa consobrina and is a native Arizonan like myself! I am so amazed! I lived in Arizona for the first 15 years of my life and never saw one of these! And now I’m wondering if it’s a native only in Arizona, and if so, how did it end up here in Wisconsin?

Hi Diana,
We haven’t been able to locate any information on the extent of the range of Cotalpa consobrina.

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It has stickery feet that tickled on your hand. He isn’t afraid of anything. I found him walking on the parking lot at Wal-Mart down here in Lumberton, Texas. Sorry about the clarity of one photograph he kept moving and I am just leaning how to use this camera.
DeeDee Revia

Hi DeeDee,
Thank you for the photo of an Eastern Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus, also known as a Unicorn Beetle. Unicorn is something of a misnomer, since your side view reveals additional horns. These are among the largest American Beetles.

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Mystery Beetle with Cute Antennae
Could you identify this beetle that I found in our backyard this morning? I am attaching a picture – the antennae are so unusual – and I have to say it – cute. We live in Pembroke Pines, FL – south Florida just south of Ft. Lauderdale.

Dear Suze,
I must say I admire that you polish your nails before digging in the dirt. You have a magnificent photograph of a female Rainbow Scarab, Phanaues vindex, which is relatively common in Florida. These are scarab beetles further classified as Dung Beetles or Tumblebugs. The male Rainbow Scarab has a single long curved horn which arises from his head. These insects are unusual in that they work in pairs, rolling a ball of animal dung which is buried with a single egg. The dung is the food source for the developing grub. They are important in that they help clear away and break down the animal excrement, making for a more beautiful environment as well as more fertile soil. This type of beetle is the scarab of Egyptian heiroglyphics and jewelry. The ancient Egyptians were fascinated by the appearance of the beetles rolling a ball of dung in the sand and likened the ball to the orb of the sun.

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