This beetle is one of many scarab species known by the common name junebug. A june bug typically has a long life as a grub—say, three years—followed by a brief, clumsy adulthood. Children in the South like to put them on leashes and let them whip around like tether balls.
Readers of The Red Hourglass may recall june bugs as the hapless victims of black widows. And tarantulas. And carabid beetles. And so on.
Photos by D'Arcy Allison-Teasley