Monday, May 9, 2011

An old friend

In North America these beetles are commonly known as June beetles or June bugs as they tend to emerge from pupation at the start of Summer.  In the southern hemisphere they also emerge in Summer, but down here that starts in January.

Every January or February, when I was a kid in Lima, these little guys would start turning up, flying in through open windows at night, to whirl around the lights until they fell exhausted on to the floor or the table underneath.   I always had a soft spot for them.  With their golden elytra and metallic green thoracic carapaces they seemed like little walking jewels.

This handsome fellow happened to pop in for a visit one night during this latest visit.  After snapping his picture, I sent him on his way, letting him fly out the kitchen window.

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