Any one of several species of large brown beetles of the genus Lachnosterna (such as Cotinus nitida). June beetles are common nocturnal insects active in late spring in early summer in North America. The adult insects can reach two inches in length and have a hard tan to dark brown shell. June bugs fly, usually at night, and feed on plants, buds, flowers, and leaves. They are attract to lights often slipping inside open doors and windows. The larvae live under ground in rich humus and leaf litter feeding on roots of grasses and other plants.
Synonyms and Related Terms
June bug; junebug; May beetle; May bug
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "June Beetle." Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 Sept. 2004 .
- Website address 1 Comment: http://www.wwmag.net/junebug.htm
- Website address 2 Comment: http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek020708.html