June beetles, also known as green June beetles, are metallic green insects that can be found in the eastern United States. While these fascinating creatures may not have a direct connection to spirituality, their presence can inspire thoughts of growth, transformation, and rebirth.
June beetles undergo a metamorphosis in their development. This transformation from a grub to pupa, and finally to an adult beetle can serve as a symbolic reminder of personal growth and change. Additionally, their fondness for ripened fruits may evoke the idea of reaping what we sow, both in our personal and spiritual lives.
June Beetle Spiritual Meaning
Symbolism of June Beetles
June beetles, also known as green June beetles, are associated with:
- Transformation: Beetles undergo metamorphosis, symbolizing personal growth and change.
- Luck: Some cultures view June beetles as symbols of good fortune and prosperity.
- Persistence: They are known for their hardiness and determination.
Totem and Spirit Animal
As a totem, the June beetle represents:
- Adaptability: They can thrive in various environments and handle life’s challenges with ease.
- Patience: June beetles teach us to wait for the right moment and not rush through life.
When the June beetle is your spirit animal, it signifies the following:
- Embracing change
- Acknowledging the cycles of life
- Pursuing growth and self-improvement
Comparison of June beetle symbolism and totem characteristics:
|Aspect||Symbolism||Totem and Spirit Animal|
In summary, the June beetle carries spiritual messages of transformation, luck, persistence, adaptability, and patience. These attributes can guide and inspire personal growth and self-improvement.
Dreams and Messages
Dream Interpretation of June Beetles
June beetles in dreams may symbolize:
- Transformation and growth
- A need to focus on personal development
An example of a dream involving June beetles could be seeing one crawling on your hand. This may indicate a potential transformation in your life.
Significance in Dreams
June beetles in dreams can have different meanings depending on the context:
- Positive meanings: these might denote growth, renewal, and positive change
- Negative meanings: they could represent fear, stagnation, or an inability to move forward
|Context||Positive Meaning||Negative Meaning|
|June beetle landing on you||New opportunities||Feeling stuck|
|June beetle flying away||Personal growth||Fear of the unknown|
|Multiple June beetles||Support from others||Overwhelmed by problems|
Remember, dream interpretation is subjective, and the meaning of your specific dream may be different based on personal experiences.
Cultural and Historical Significance
Ancient Egypt and Scarab Beetles
Ancient Egyptians believed that the scarab beetle was associated with the sun god, Khepri. The insect played a significant role in their religious beliefs, as they saw it as a symbol of resurrection and the eternal cycle of life.
Scarab beetles were often depicted in jewelry and art, and they were also used as amulets, providing protection and good fortune to the wearer.
Native American Cultures
In some Native American cultures, the June beetle is considered as a symbol of change or transformation. Its life cycle, from larva to beetle, mirrors the transformations humans go through during their lives.
For example, the Navajo associated the June beetle with the sacred mountain Dzil Na’oodil (Mount Taylor), and they believed that the insect helped in maintaining the balance of nature.
Comparison Table: Ancient Egypt and Native American Cultures
|Ancient Egypt||Scarab Beetles||Resurrection, eternal cycle of life, protection|
|Native American||June Beetle||Change, transformation, maintaining the balance of nature|
Important features of beetle symbolism in ancient Egypt:
- Association with the sun god, Khepri
- Symbol of resurrection and life cycle
- Use as amulets for protection and good fortune
Key characteristics of June beetle symbolism in Native American cultures:
- Symbol of change and transformation
- Association with sacred mountains or natural balance
- Reflects the journey of personal growth and change
Beetle Symbolism in Life
Transformation and Metamorphosis
June beetles are often associated with the concepts of:
- Positive change
These insects go through a complete metamorphosis, evolving from grubs to adults, which can symbolize personal transformation. For example, overcoming obstacles or changing habits.
New Beginnings and Growth
Another aspect of June beetle symbolism is:
- New beginnings
- Personal growth
As beetles embark on new stages of development, they shed their old form and embrace their new one. This may inspire those who seek new beginnings or personal growth in life.
Here’s a comparison of the two main aspects of June beetle symbolism:
|Transformation and Metamorphosis||Modification of one’s self or life situations||Overcoming a challenge or changing habits|
|New Beginnings and Growth||Fresh starts and personal development||Starting a new career or exploring new hobbies|
To summarize, June beetle symbolism can offer inspiration for personal transformation, positive change, and growth as they exhibit metamorphosis and progression throughout their life stages.
Lessons from June Beetles
- June beetles undergo multiple stages of metamorphosis
- Teach us to adapt and grow through life’s changes
Green June beetles are fascinating creatures that go through several stages of metamorphosis, from egg to larva, pupa, and finally adult. This transformation process teaches us the importance of embracing change in our own lives. We can adapt and grow through different phases and challenges, just like the June beetle.
- June beetles must balance feeding, mating, and avoiding predators
- Inspire us to maintain focus on important tasks
Green June beetles exhibit a strong instinct for survival, which involves successfully balancing their priorities. They must focus on feeding, mating, and avoiding predators simultaneously. This determination can inspire us to maintain focus and balance in our own lives, ensuring that we pay attention to the most important tasks without being overwhelmed.
|Green June Beetle||Human Life Lessons|
|Survival skills||Focusing on priorities|
In summary, the Green June beetle can serve as a symbol of personal growth and the importance of balancing priorities in our lives. By observing the beetle’s life cycle, we can apply these lessons to our own experiences and navigate the changes we encounter with grace and determination.
Providing Hope and Success
The June beetle is often viewed as a symbol of hope and success. This is because it represents the idea of transformation, as it undergoes different life stages from grub to adult beetle. The June beetle’s metamorphosis can serve as a powerful reminder that:
- Change is inevitable and natural
- Growth often involves challenges and struggles
By embracing these concepts, we can find hope and inspiration in our own lives, recognizing that we too have the capacity for change and growth.
Sign of Good Luck
Another positive symbolism of June beetles is their association with good luck. For some, seeing a June beetle is a good omen, as it signifies that fortune and opportunity might be just around the corner. This belief in the June beetle as a sign of good luck can have several benefits:
- Encouraging optimism and positivity
- Inspiring a sense of gratitude for the small things in life
When encountering a June beetle, one might take it as a reminder to stay open to possibilities and embrace the good luck that may come their way.
June Beetles and Relationships
Fertility and Abundance
June beetles are often associated with fertility and abundance, as they are attracted to ripe, thin-skinned fruits and play a role in pollination. In many cultures and spiritual beliefs, these qualities can symbolize growth and productivity in relationships. The presence of June beetles may serve as a reminder to nurture your relationships, allowing them to flourish and bear fruit. For example, investing time with your partner, friends, or family members can result in stronger emotional bonds.
New Relationship Dynamics
The transformative life cycle of a June beetle – from larva to adult – can carry spiritual meaning when it comes to relationships. Changing relationship dynamics, such as entering a new partnership or experiencing personal growth, can be paralleled with the metamorphosis of the beetle. Observing a June beetle might encourage you to embrace the natural ebb and flow of relationships and be open to new experiences.
- Fertility: June beetles can symbolize growth, abundance, and productivity in relationships.
- New Relationship Dynamics: The beetle’s life cycle can represent change and transformation in relationships.
|Qualities||June Beetle Symbolism||Relationship Lessons|
|Fertility||Growth, abundance||Nurturing relationships|
|Change, metamorphosis||Life cycle||Embracing new relationship dynamics|
Challenges and Pests
The June beetle can pose challenges to homeowners and gardeners as their larvae feed on the roots of grass, weeds, and other plants. One way to control them is by using beneficial nematodes that attack the larvae. Some examples of effective nematodes are:
- Heterorhabditis bacteriophora
- Steinernema carpocapsae
Another option is the application of chemical insecticides for severe infestations. Consult a professional for the appropriate treatment.
Adjusting to Environmental Changes
June beetles are observed to emerge in different months depending on the region. For instance, they are seen in late June through July in Southeast Washington. Due to climate change, it’s possible that their emergence period may change, affecting their lifecycle and the surrounding ecosystem. Gardeners and homeowners should be aware of these potential changes to better adapt their pest control measures. Love your garden? Keep an eye on the environment and adjust accordingly.
|Beneficial Nematodes||Natural, non-toxic, safe for environment||May not always be effective for large-scale infestations|
|Chemical Insecticides||Effective for severe infestations||Can be toxic, harmful to other species, may cause resistance|
Over the years, our website, whatsthatbug.com has received hundreds of letters and some interesting images asking us about these insects. Scroll down to have a look at some of them.
Letter 1 – Variegated June Beetle
Location: Lake Lure, North Carolina
July 10, 2011 5:05 pm
I came across a few of these flying insects in North Carolina, in the woods just a few minutes drive from Lake Lure, and took these pics. Probably an inch in total length, and emitted a hissing noise at times. Most amazing to me were the antennae, which you can see unfolded into a beautiful array. Do you know the species?
Signature: John Gibb Millspaugh
Yes indeed, the antennae of the Variegated June Beetle, Polyphylla variolosa, are amazing. The pictured individual is a male and his antennae are more developed to better “sniff” out the pheromones of the female. We speculate that is the case, but no one really knows, from the male Variegated June Beetle’s perspective, what it is like to sense a mate, perhaps even from a great distance. Your photos are truly amazing, and you can see how much better they are aesthetically as well as documentarily, by comparing your images to the ones posted to BugGuide.
Letter 2 – Variegated June Beetle
Location: Westford, Vermont
July 9, 2011 9:16 am
My father found this large beetle in their yard yesterday July 8, and saved it for me. Its very large with a hairy underside and beautiful feathery antenna. From what I can surmise it is a Cockchafer or May Beetle…however I can only find articles talking about those existing in Europe/UK. I’m curious if this is indeed one of those beetles or some variation. My parents live in a partially wooded area in rural Vermont. I released it after taking these photos and it made a sort of hissing sound!
This is one of the Lined June Beetles in the genus Polyphylla. Most of the submissions we receive are of the Ten Lined June Beetle which is found in the western states. The Ten Lined June Beetle has a more distinct pattern. Here is a photo from our archives. You have submitted some wonderful photos of a Variegated June Beetle, Polyphylla variolosa, which is found in New England states. You can read more about it on bugGuide.
Thanks for getting back to me! I’ve never seen a June Bug that looked this interesting before. And usually I never see them unless they are already dead. I will add the real name to my photo collection 🙂
Letter 3 – We’re Back!!!! We’re on Holiday: Ten Lined June Beetle devoured by Argentine Ants
Update: June 17, 2016
Subject: We’re posting this image of a dead Ten Lined June Beetle being devoured by Argentine Ants and leaving town
Location: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
June 8, 2016 1:08 AM
Upon leaving the house this afternoon, we moved the garbage to the curb and discovered this dead Ten Lined June Beetle under the recycle bin. We placed it on the fence so we could take an image upon returning. Since it was dark, we needed to use the flash. The beetle is being devoured by invasive Argentine Ants. This is only the second Ten Lined June Beetle we have found in Mount Washington, and it is just shy of a year ago that we had the first Ten Lined June Beetle visit our office. This is most likely our last posting prior to taking a week long holiday, during which time we will not be answering any identification requests. We have postdated numerous submissions to go live during our absence. We will return in mid-June, so kindly hold your requests until after June 17.
Letter 4 – Variegated June Beetle
Subject: Cedar beetle?
Geographic location of the bug: Barrie Ontario Canada
Time: 10:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Just wanting to know what this cool looking, moose antler, beetle is.
How you want your letter signed: Stacey
Though it looks similar, this is not a Cedar Beetle. It is a Lined June Beetle, probably a Variegated June Beetle, Polyphylla variolosa, which is pictured on BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “Eggs are laid on soil near host plants. Larvae hatch, burrow down and feed on roots of shrubs, trees, require 2-3 years to reach maturity. Pupation is in underground chambers. Adults come to lights.”
Letter 5 – Ten-Lined June Beetle
What is this?
I was hoping you could Identify this beetle for us. It is large about 1.25 inches long and I can not find an exact match anywhere. My wife wants to know if this is what has been eating her pepper plants! the closest I can find is this photo of the anoxia orientalis but it’s coloring and psuedo striping are not like this beetle Im sending he pic of. We appreciate any help you can provide!
Cameron in Colorado Springs, CO
This is a Ten-Lined June Beetle, and it is not eating your wife’s peppers. They feed on the needles of conifer trees at night.
Letter 6 – Ten-Lined June Beetle
We live in Erickson BC and the other night this beetle appeared in our home. The kitty was playing with it and it was making sounds like Shoooosh, shooosh, shoooosh, the whole time. I have never seen this type of beetle before with a wing like front tentical or front fee, (cant make out for sure which it is on that). Could you identify it for me please? Your help would be appreciated. Any help sure would be appreciated.
Nice photo of a Ten-Lined June Beetle, Polyphylla decemlineata or a closely related species. The adults do make loud squeeking noises if handled. This species has impressive antennae and it is attracted to lights.
Letter 7 – Unlined Ten-Lined June Beetle
More unidentified critters
I photographed three of these on recent trips to Arkansas. Hoping you could help me identify them.
Hi again Rus,
We checked with Eric Eaton on your scarab beetle and here is what he wrote back: “If the scarab is from North America, it has to be a male Polyphylla sp. (ten-lined june beetles, though some species lack the stripes).” So you have an Unlined Ten-Line June Beetle.
Letter 8 – Variegated June Beetle
What kinda bug is this?
Curious to what this may be? I think it may be the Ten Lined June Beetle but it doesn’t look like it exactly. We found this at Davy Crockett State Park in Limestone Tennessee this past weekend 7/14/07. It makes a hissing noise when you mess with it. Any info is greatly appreciated! And thank you for your site, it is very interesting. Regards,
You are very perceptive. Though this is not a Ten Lined June Beetle, it is in the same genus. This is a Variegated June Beetle, Polyphylla variolosa.
Letter 9 – Variegated June Beetle
Variegated June Beetle?
Location: Blue Ridge, GA
July 31, 2011 8:56 pm
There were many of these around the cabin where we were vacationing in Blue Ridge, GA. They made a hissing noise like an air compressor!
Signature: Dawn Jones
You are correct. This is a Variegated June Beetle, one of the Lined June Beetles. The hissing sound is produced by rubbing together external body parts and it is called stridulation.
Letter 10 – Variegated June Beetle
Location: Long Island, NY 11946
July 7, 2013 5:53 am
Hi there. What type of Beetle is this and is it harmful to my vegetable plants and flowering shrubs? Many thanks. -Sam
Signature: An e mail is fine
This is a Scarab Beetle in the genus Polyphylla, the Lined June Beetles. Our featured Bug of the Month for July 2013 is the Ten Lined June Beetle, a member of the genus. We believe you have submitted a photo of a Variegated June Beetle, Polyphylla variolosa, based on photos and the posted range listed on BugGuide. BugGuide also states: “Adults feed on tree foliage, thus sometimes called ‘chafers’.” We doubt they will feed on vegetables, but perhaps the leaves and blooms of some flowering shrubs.
Letter 11 – Variegated June Beetle
Subject: Beetle with Fan Antennae?
Location: Burlington County, NJ
June 24, 2016 7:10 pm
Hello, I was swimming in my pool today when I saw a fairly large sized beetle struggling i the water. I turned on my light to see it better and it was like no beetle I had seen before. I was wondering if you could shed some light on it since insectidentification.org failed me.
Signature: Thanks, Connor
We are sorry to hear that insectidentification.org failed you. What’s That Bug? delivers. This is a Lined June Beetle in the genus Polyphylla, and we believe it might be Polyphylla variolosa, the Variegated June Beetle, based on images posted to BugGuide. The Variegated June Beetle is found in New Jersey, according to data on BugGuide.
Letter 12 – Variegated June Beetle
Subject: Cedar beetle ?
Location: New Hampshire
July 22, 2016 7:54 pm
Hello the misses and I have found a few of these around our porch and light lately and was wondering if you know what kind it is.
Letter 13 – Variegated June Beetle
Subject: A June Bug?
Geographic location of the bug: Moorestown NJ, southern NJ
Time: 04:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This bug was on the front steps during the afternoon. When I nudged it aside it hissed. It has large fuzzy antenna and yellow speckles on a black body. It is about an inch long.
How you want your letter signed: Annette
Variegated June Beetles can produce a hissing sound by rubbing parts of their body together, an act known as stridulation.