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Some Tips On Beetle Identification

When toiling with beetle identification, it is important to remember that there are far too many species to remember them all. Most of us are lucky just to guess the suborder of the genus of the family of that particular beetle. Identification between one larvae and another can prove far more difficult, as even very small adult beetles often begin as large, fat, cream colored, six legged grubs with chewing mouthparts. And because the larvae, or grub, of the beetle often causes the most damage and has the longest life span, it becomes nearly impossible, but even more important, to know what you may be dealing with.

Scarab beetle identification is fairly uncomplicated, but can still throw in plenty of tricks and curves. The Goliath, Hercules, and June beetles are all species in this suborder, and each have their very own habitats and traits. The June Beetle can be a welcome sign of spring for many pent up, wintered out folks. But those who have experienced the infestation of June Beetle larvae within their gardens or beneath their expensive grasses would probably show a bit less enthusiasm at signs of their return. The June Beetle has made a bit of a nasty reputation for himself in the fields, as well, where the larvae enjoy munching through the tender root tips and stalk buds of corn and grain plants intended for sale.

The Goliath and Hercules Beetles are grouped, along with quite a few other impressive species, as rhinoceros beetles. The beetle identification rules for confirming your sighting of one of these amazing creatures is very basic: these beetles have horns. Most of these beetles have fixed horns, which means that they do not pinch with them as some fear. The horns are mostly used during the mating season, when the riled up males must put on a show of strength and power in order to win a receptive females favor.

The fights resemble wrestling matches, as the two males struggle for leverage, and spend hours pushing each other about, picking one another up off of the ground, and flipping each other over.

Some beetle identification is a bit more difficult, if not a little bit surprising. The lightning bug, or firefly, is a beetle who uses his luminescence to communicate through a series of pulses and dots. This type of beetle, even during the larvae stage, is not considered a pest at all, and actually is upheld as a great helper to humans. Where many fireflies are present, few parasitic insects can survive. We are so glad that these beetles, as with most species of beetles, is nocturnal. The lightning bug wouldn’t be nearly as fun and exciting to watch during the day.



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