Monday, July 23, 2007

The new beetle

The old house had jumbo moths (click the "bugs" label to see them). The new one, beetles! This guy was as big as my thumb and was motoring toward the back door when I spotted him. Very expressive antennae he had! I foiled his plans by picking him up and putting him in the bushes. Anyone know what kind he was?


  1. I'm guessing some kind of potato beetle, but too big for a Colorado potato beetle. Your salad below looks awesome. You post a lot more than I do, I'm falling behind in reading your blog.

  2. Looks like a tasty one.

    Sorry, I just watched Anthony Bourdain on The Travel Channel

  3. Eeek! I have no idea what kind of beetle that is, but the photo made me jump!

    Ari (Baking and Books)

  4. Sorry, Ari! It made me jump, too, when I saw it on my doorstep.

    Thanks to a helpful tipster on my gardening listserv, I now know that it's a Ten-Lined June Beetle, Polyphylla decemlineata.

    There are photos and info about halfway down this page. (Don't click if you don't like bugs.)

    Apparently they are known to hiss, "huff" or squeak when disturbed, but I didn't notice any noises when I picked him up! The fat antennae confirm it was a him.

  5. Oh, and Jaden, if I find another one, I'll send it your way for your next dish!