A couple of Cotinis nitida, Green June Beetles, in flagrante delicto, photographed by Twisty in North South Austin, September 2005
It will interest no one to hear that this morning I emerged blinking from my lair into a huge swarm of green junebugs. There must have been a hundred of’em, or possibly a thousand. They were buzzing like nobody’s business, too, employing that humorous method of navigation peculiar to junebugs, which is to hurl themselves through the air at full throttle until they bump into something, usually your eye, then buzz off on the new trajectory.
I’m just an amateur scarabologist, but I’m reasonably sure that when green junebugs swarm without explanation, it doesn’t portend shit.