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  • May Beetle - (Phyllophaga sp.)

    May Beetle - (Phyllophaga sp.)

    May Beetles are a frequent visitor during summer evenings, bumping into windows and hanging out in groups.

    Staff Writer (7/23/2015): May Beetles are also called Junebugs as they are particularly active and visible during this month across most of the continent. There are many species in the Phyllophaga genus and they resemble each other in many ways, though some are darker than others. The jointed brown legs are useful when clinging to window screens and door frames.

    They tend to bump into windows many times at night, presumably drawn by interior light. They form congregations around porch lights, front doors, back doors, windows and other areas with ambient light.They are not dangerous to people, but they used to be agricultural pests to orchards, groves, sod farms and crops. Their impact on these industries has waned though and most people find them only a nuisance when coming and going through doorways for fear of letting them indoors or smashing them in door jambs.

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    May Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: May Beetle
    Scientific Name: Phyllophaga sp.
    Other Names: Junebug

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Scarabaeidae
           Genus: Phyllophaga
            Species: sp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 8mm to 25mm (0.31in to 0.98in)

    Identifying Colors: brown

    Additional Descriptors: buzzing, flying, windows, cluster

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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