Melanocanthon bispinatus

sometimes known as the “Tumble Bug” Melanocanthon bispinatus is a species of scarab beetle (Scarabaeinae) that is native to Eastern North America. Adult M. bispinatus are active from April to July and have a varied diet which ranges from fungi to the dung of various animals. 


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Images: Mark Moran and Cotinis


Family Berothidae (Beaded Lacewings)

Berothidae is a family of Neuropteran insects commonly known as beaded lacewings. With 22 genera and ~100 species beaded lacewings are found worldwide, but are typically restricted to subtropical and tropical areas. Much is still known of their biology/ecology but it is known that Berothids will lay their eggs on wood near termite nests. Some larvae will live with and prey on the their termite hosts, using a gas discharged from their anus to immobilize the termites. Adult Berothids are thought to not feed at all.



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Oak Timberworm (Arrhenodes minutus)

…a species of Straight-snouted weevil (Brentidae) that is native to Eastern and Central North America.  Adult oak timberworms are typically active from May through June and inhabit deciduous forests. Oak timberworm larvae bore into oak trees and feed on their wood. Oak timberworms are sexually dimorphic with males sporting a broad beak and females sporting a long, narrow beak.


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Images: Betsy Betros and Cotinis


Known commonly as the June bug, June Beetle or less commonly as the May bug or beetle, the genusPhyllophaga is very large member (260 species) of the New World Scarab family (family in the general sense of the word, not taxonomic) of insects, belonging to the order of insects known as coleoptera, for the protected wing coverings.

The name phyllophaga however comes from the Ancient Greek words phyllon  (φυλλον) meaning leafand phagos (φαγος) in the feminine form phaga meaning to eat.  These are both good words to know for scientific word building-both show up often in various forms as both prefix and suffix:  chlorophyll, coprophage, etc. 

Image of Emerald June bug by peppergrass, used with permission under a Creative Commons 3.0 license. 

Image of June bug by cotinis, used with permission under a Creative Commons 3.0 license.