I found this Green June Bug on March 26th in Arkansas, which was quite surprising as they are typically not seen until June. However, I learned that these insects overwinter as mature larvae in the soil and emerge in the spring to feed and mature before pupating in a soil cell. Although a few Green June Bugs may emerge in late May or early June, the majority of them do not emerge until mid-June.
Yesterday, the temperature reached a record-breaking 91°F, which may have played a role in this early emergence. At first, I mistook this insect for a Japanese Beetle due to its copper-colored wings. However, after comparing it with photos on the internet, I am confident that it is indeed a Green June Bug. Japanese Beetles also make their appearance in June.
In Arkansas, Green June Bugs are commonly seen during the summer months. These insects feed on the leaves, flowers, and fruits of various plants, causing significant damage to crops and ornamental plants. Homeowners may also find them attracted to lights at night, often resulting in their presence around windows and porch lights.
I took the photo of this Green June Bug while hand-holding my Fujifilm X100T camera.
Here are a few more insects I photographed: