June Bug is common throughout late spring and summer months. A nocturnal insect, the beetle is active at night, feeding mainly on favored plants, such as buds and flowers of shrubs and fleshy garden vegetables.
Beginning as a fat white grub, the larval stage of the June bug lives in rich humus and leaf litter. Hatching from deeply buried eggs, the grub worm feeds mainly on roots, moldy leaves, and other plant matter. It lives underground until it molts into the adult stage.
Easy to capture, the grub-worm is a favorite live-bait among fishermen. Very few fish will refuse the chance to take the grub, filling the stringer or basket with fish. Birds and other wild animals like them too, feeding avidly on the fat worm.
The adult June bug is a robust insect, reaching up to two inches in length. A true beetle, it has a set of powerful wings protected by a wing case. Exterior color can vary from pale tan to dark brown or almost black.
A chemical analysis of the June Bug revealed its hidden secrets as a beneficial healing remedy. Full of edible fats and proteins, the bug is a rich source of food and appetite stimulating medicine when prepared correctly.
When toasted in hot ashes, the internal body parts and juices of the bug congeal into a nugget of pure golden nutrition. After peeling off shriveled legs, wings, and wing case, the remaining orb of nourishment can be eaten one at a time or by the handful.