Green June Beetle, June Bug, Fig Eater Beetle (Cotinis nitida)

Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Scarabaeidae
Genus: Cotinis
Species: nitida


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Robertsdale, Alabama
Toney, Alabama
Valley, Alabama
Blytheville, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Molino, Florida
Benton, Kentucky
Calvert City, Kentucky
Adamstown, Maryland
Saint Robert, Missouri
New York City, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Fairborn, Ohio
Troy, Ohio
Etters, Pennsylvania
Homer City, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Bulls Gap, Tennessee
Flower Mound, Texas
Sterling, Virginia
Warrenton, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Aug 3, 2019, KuntryGeechieGal from Orangeburg, SC wrote:

We used to catch these as children and tie thread to them and watch the fly, lol. I havenít seen any in YEARS ... I saw the first one since my childhood today. Actually quite a few of them. Came online to read up more about them because growing up, we didnít have the internet (late 80ís early 90ís) and Ive always wanted to know more about them. How can you tell if they are female or male?

Orangeburg, South Carolina


On Jun 20, 2018, BlaneEC from Brigham City, UT wrote:

My wife and I just visited our daughter in Norman, Oklahoma. Every night the June bugs head for the lights (such as porch lights), including the light inside the house. They collect on the screens, and if they can't cling, they fall to the ground. Dozens of them are on the front step every morning, trying to get back onto their feet. They either die there, or are eaten by birds. If you step outside in the dark of the evening, you will get "buzzed" by the yet incoming ones. They are considered a nuisance by the local population for their presence around the windows and doors alone. We didn't discuss whether they are harmful to the vegetation.

The next week I saw a dead one on a porch in Utah (my home state). It was the first I had ever seen in Utah, but I had been tol... read more


On May 12, 2016, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

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On Jul 19, 2008, bubbabgone from Etters, PA wrote:

This is a very destructive bug to any soft fruit growing from Mid June through July. Plums, peaches, raspberries, blackberries, ... everything.They penetrate the skin and feed all day long. Their behavior is a lot like the Japanese beetle. Sex and food. And their appearance is coincident with the Japanese beetle.
Sevin will control them.
There's nothing I can find positive about these insects.


On Jul 8, 2008, mojoghoti from New York, NY wrote:

My daughter and I encountered one of these in lower Manhattan this afternoon. It was stuck on its back, struggling, in the middle of a busy sidewalk; the iridescent green underside and wriggling legs were what caught our attention. We didn't know what kind of beetle it was, but we decided to pick it up and move it to a safer location before someone stepped on it. It seemed stunned at first, but after it rested a moment in my hand it flew away ó my daughter commented at the time it sounded like a little airplane! We had to look it up when we got home, but there's no doubt in my mind it was a figeater beetle. I was a bit surprised since everything I found about the species says we're nowhere near its typical range. I wonder if this one was a rogue that caught a ride with a shipment of produc... read more


On Jul 17, 2007, backdoc from Homer City, PA wrote:

I tolerate a lot of bugs in my garden, but this guy is so big, creepy and can't seem to help but "buzz" a person working in the garden. I am not sure why I have these beetles this year esp. here in PA, but I do wish they would go away. I garden organically, I suppose I will ignore them as I can see no damage being done. I have managed to drown a few in a bucket of rainwater left in the garden, accidentally of course.


On Jul 13, 2007, Windy from Belleville , IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

These bugs are called Junebugs, but it was mid July this year when they emerged. Huge numbers of them rose from the lawn at one time. One female landed on the eaves and nearly a dozen males vied for her affection making a large pile obscurring her from view. Before I could get my camera, she fell to the steps with only two suitors remaining. See my pic.


On Aug 17, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

Cotinis nitida are very similar to Cotinis texana .. but are smaller, have slightly different elytral markings and yellow femurs.