Mr. Chivalry and the kids saw one of these giant scarab beetles hanging around some grape vines. The beetle was about the size of Mr. Chivalry’s thumb. Apparently these beetles, also known as the Spotted June Beetle, like to eat grapes in mid-summer and do not cause a lot of damage to the vines.
Here are some links to further information about these beetles in case you want to know more about them:
- Grape Pelidnota
- Grapevine Beetle (Wikipedia)
- Maryland Biodiversity Project (lots of close-up pictures)
- Pelidnota Punctata
- Pelidnota Punctata Bio210