Beetles In The Pasture Video

Hello folks! I just wanted to show you a short video of the beetles I saw in the pasture a couple of days ago. I was living in Arkansas in 1989 (I think) in an old country home when I first saw this ritual. I saw them here a couple of years ago and then again a few days ago. I think they only do this a few days each year.

I was told the males fly around looking for a mate then go down into the grass. Well, I didn’t do any research for this post, so I’m not sure about the details…

I hope everyone is enjoying your 4th of July. Until next time, stay well, be safe and GET DIRTY!

<<<<UPDATE ON THIS VIDEO>>>

I looked up what type and species of beetle this could be on the Missouri Department of Conservation website. My best guess is that it is a Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida). It is one of over 1,700 species of Scarab beetles native to North America above Mexico.

The Wikipedia has some interesting reading about this species. If this is indeed a June Beetle, it isn’t a dung beetle. Click HERE for the Wikipedia article.

4 comments on “Beetles In The Pasture Video

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I don’t think I have seen this type of beetle before. Interesting.
    I hope you had a good 4th too.

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    • Hello Lisa. There are so many types and species of beetles it is hard to imagine. Some we never notice above ground because they spend most of their time in the soil. I never notice this particular beetle except for a couple of days in June after the larvae mature and crawl out of the ground. My 4th of July is like any other day except much more noisy. The city has their annual 4th of July celebration at the park next to the farm. It is followed by a lot of fireworks. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Jim R says:

    Any idea of the ID of those beetles? We have a lot of Japanese Beetles now around here. It is a good time of year for beetle mating.

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    • Jim, I checked on the Missouri Conservation Department website and I think this is probably the Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida). Then I looked the species up online and read about them on a Wikipedia article. Very interesting… They are a type of Scarab beetle of which there are over 1,700 species in North America north of Mexico. When I was in Arkansas I was told they were dung beetles, but if this is a Green June Beetle, that is incorrect. Thanks for the comment!

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