Meditations from San Juan Island and the story of Jerry the June Beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata)
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Last year I had to put together a collection of insects for my graduate course at the University of Florida. In this photo, I have a Ten-lined June Beetle that I pretty much stole away from a robin that was after it. The beetle came home with me and I’m sorry to say I put it in the freezer and later added it with the rest of the bugs that eventually got me an “A”.
A few days ago, a friend called me up. “Would you like another June Beetle?” he asked. I drove over to pick it up and afterwards, took a few photos with my new macro lens, fixed up a nice plastic box insect habitat and thought I’d take a few days to decide what to do with it next.
Daily, I peeked into the box. Not sure what to feed it, I thought a little about…
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