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Metallic green beetle - Geotrupes splendidus

Metallic green beetle - Geotrupes splendidus
Germantown, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
December 28, 2008
Size: 16 mm long
Photographed this beetle on a sidewalk this afternoon. It was rainy & unseasonably warm (20 °C/68 °F). The beetle was alive but not active. Its underneath was metallic greenish-blue.

June Bug - June Beetle - Get ready for the swarm
When I saw this picture, I thought of my summers growing up in Severna Park, MD in Anne Arundel County. Then I saw where the picture was taken. About every "x?" years or more there is a swarm of those little green guys everywhere for about 6 weeks. But they still do exist year round. You can hear them distinctly when they make their mating call. It sounds like those metallic marbles at the Discovery store.

They are low and slow flying bugs kind of like a bumble bee. They are relatively harmless. Kind of fun to listen for in the night.

 
quite otherwise: this is a dung beetle
they don't have such seasonal peaks, nor do they show up much in the open

Geotrupes splendidus, i suppose
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