May bug or June bug?

P1030016All the way from sunny Shropshire – this cockchafer hitched a ride back to Kineton half trapped in the plastic surround of the windscreen! It should be happy here since we often catch them in the moth trap at this time of year. Great swarms are occasionally recorded – in 1574 the waterwheels along the River Severn were blocked by thousands of the drowned beetles.

It’s now June – they’re often called May bugs, but can also be known as June bugs – take your pick. In fact this one left Shropshire in May and arrived here in Warwickshire a few minutes into June!! Time travel.

Other localised names include… Billy Witch, doodlebug, bracken clock, mitchamador, snartlegog and spang beetle – again, take your pick!

Roger

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