I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme is open-ended. My goal is to write daily posts using each letter of the alphabet in April (Sundays off for good behavior and to make it work for the alphabet). I’ll be writing family stories, memoir or journal prompts, reviews about theatre and food, maybe a visit from my sock puppet characters Millie and Willie, and using photos I’ve taken along the way. Enjoy!
Today, I have a guest on my blog. Parker, a piano, writing, and theatre student of mine, said she’d take care of J day for me. Last year, she took Y day and gave us some tasty facts about yogurt. Today, we have June Bugs. Take it away, Parker.
Knocking into windows and hanging out by your porch light, with a hard dark brown, black, or reddish brown shell and six small, spiny legs, you can’t wait for these nasty, overpopulating June bugs to get out of your hair. With summer just around the corner, these little beetles will be swarming around your porch and driveway at dark.
During the day, June bugs normally hide in trees, but come out at dark to feed on the leaves of bushes. The small larvae, usually born in midsummer, live underground for the first two or three years of their lives, feasting on the roots of grasses and small plants.
A female June bug buries herself about two to five inches under the surface and lays about sixty to seventy-five eggs over a period of two weeks. It takes these little eggs approximately one and a half weeks to hatch into grubs, which are a whitish color with brown heads. Adult June bugs are less than one inch long, with long wings and a hard casing on their back. Despite their name, these insects are actually beetles, not bugs, from the Scarabaeidae family. Their subfamily name is Melolonthinae. When winter finally comes around, June bugs will bury themselves in the soil and wait until spring rolls around again.
Thanks, Parker. Sometimes, on warm June evenings when the patio door is open, but the screen door is shut, we hear a tap, tapping like someone is trying to get in. The Biker Chef says that when you’re riding motorcycle and one of those June bugs hits you in the face, it’s like, “Ow, was that a pebble?”
Parker is playing a Woodland Fairie in our local production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Their costumes are much more beautiful than the shell of a June bug. I think their dancing will be much more mesmerizing, as well. If you’re in the area, check out Stage North‘s production. April 21-23. Photo from the Stage North Facebook page.
One more word about Parker. She is an excellent musician. She often learns a song, then puts her own spin on it. She has even written some of her own music. This year, she took the song, Bittersweet Blues, added to it, changed the ending, and then the title to 7th Street Blues, which we both agreed was better.
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: Do you like bugs? Do you have a favorite? Are there ones that really bug you?
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Bugs and I don’t really get along…sorry…
To be fair, it’s probably just a case of lack of knowledge on my part…human ignorance.
However, I DO think that the pink & yellow moth is cute. I think it’s called a maple moth.
Does this count? Is a moth a bug?
I believe that moths are insects. So, yes, we’ll count that. I like butterflies.
Bugs. They are so useful in nature, but they can be annoying as hell. Having lived in the tropics for the last decade, bugs are part of life when onshore, but on our boat, the breeze usually kept them at bay. I say usually. 🙂 As long as they don’t carry diseases, I am usually OK with them. Usually. The only ones I really hate are the mosquitoes and the nonos (nasty no-see-ums in French Polynesia), because they love my blood. Bugs are much easier to deal with and tolerate in a moderate region.
Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary
You hit on some nasty ones. The wood tick and its nasty cousin the deer tick aren’t technically bugs, but they are disease carriers. Horrible.
I do love ladybugs, especially if they are called Francis; but otherwise, no I’m not a bug lover.
Anna from elements of emaginette
All the best “lady” bugs are named Francis!
Thank you for a well-written and interesting blog posting, Parker! I believe you’ve got a singer/dancer/writer/artistic future ahead of you!!
I know she does, Lauren. I am blessed to know her and be able to call myself her teacher.
We get those here. They seem to be everywhere in summer.
Parker, I love your take on June bugs. You know quite a bit about them, and write very well. Your teacher, Mary, must be very proud. Thank you for the great J post.
I am proud.
Hehe, that is a nick name I’ve been called for years, but not to any similarity to a bug. A friend I work with done it as an affection term because my name Juneta(June) and she added bug. Enjoy the post.
Happy A to Z
Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit
@@ sorry for my bad grammar.
and confusion in post boxes in followup
Good post, Parker! I was once on a motorcycle when a june bug crashed into the face plate of my helmet–YUCK! Good luck with the production!
Good thing you were wearing a helmet!
I used to love bugs. Still do. My kids love bugs. There was a show called Inesctia that was so cool. The host’s passion for insects translated so well through the TV screen.
I’m exploring different types of dreams and their meanings.
J is for Jacob’s Dream
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I like your dream posts, Stephen. Bugs can be cool. Unless, they bite and leave itchy spots. Then, they are NOT cool.
Hi Mary, I know who you are, I just in the past had trouble leaving a comment. Since I’m late in coming to visit, I decided to pick June bug. I have never been to where June bugs thrive and didn’t really know what they were. Their name sounds so sweet, June bug. Now I’m learning they really are not. Not even a bug.
Thank you so much for your comments on my A to Z. Means a lot to me.
Inger, so nice that you could stop. Sorry you had trouble leaving a comment in the past. I hope that’s cleared up now.