Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  San diego
Date: 10/15/2018
Time: 05:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
A month or two ago these beetles were flying all over the place . Now they are mostly gone but I found this little guy the other day. I’m wondering what he is? I’m guessing fig eater or green June bug but I’m don’t know which and I’d like to know. Is it possible he’s different from the ones that were all over the place a few months ago? I’m trying to draw one and I’d like to label it correctly.  Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Natalie


Dear Natalie,
Figeater and Green June Beetle are both acceptable common names for
Cotinis nitida, according to BugGuide.  Since common names are often regional, and might differ from place to place, and since the same common name might be used for different species, your most accurate label would be to use the scientific name.

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