This scarab beetle should have been in construction or house renovation because its name sounds like Polyfilla, the goop that fills cracks in wood and drywall. But no, it is “Polyphylla” and the rest of its name refers to its ten lines (four long and two short). Like decades of lineage, it is called decemlineata. Now you’ll never forget the name of this beetle whose face only a mother could love. It’s called Polyphylla decemlineata, the ten-lined June beetle.
It’s a big scary inch to an inch and a half long, and hatches from a prawn-like grub when the weather gets hot. Then it waits until dusk when you can’t see it very well, and when you’re standing there waiting for the dogs to pee, it attacks. Mainly it tries to land on your back because that makes it hard to fight off.
I heard this guy talking as I took his picture while he hung onto my fence.
I push the air beneath closed wings,
To hiss and buzz and make her cringe.
With beady eyes I see her stand,
And when she turns, that’s when I land
Upon her back and hear her shriek.
I only turn the other cheek.
I try to lift my spiky feet,
But threads entangle and defeat.
It seems I cannot get away
I have to stay and watch this play.
She’s running crazy round the yard,
It’s fun to cause her to discard
Her vest and fling it on the ground.
I crawl away without a sound,
But, hee, hee, heeeee. Hee, hee, heeeee.
Anneli’s afraid of me!