May bug

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Noun1.May bug - any of various large European beetles destructive to vegetation as both larvae and adultMay bug - any of various large European beetles destructive to vegetation as both larvae and adult
melolonthid beetle - any of various beetles of the family (or subfamily) Melolonthidae
genus Melolontha, Melolontha - a genus of Melolonthidae
2.May bug - any of various large usually brown North American leaf-eating beetles common in late springMay bug - any of various large usually brown North American leaf-eating beetles common in late spring; the larvae feed on roots of grasses etc.
scarabaean, scarabaeid, scarabaeid beetle - any of numerous species of stout-bodied beetles having heads with horny spikes
figeater, green June beetle - large greenish June beetle of southern United States
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All this led me to discover some 35 years ago that June bugs (also called May bugs in more southern parts because that's when they become active there) serve a purpose greater than just buzzing lit windows and porch lights.
In many cases, this does happen, as my two girls now spend approximately 23-and-ahalf hours a day seeking out stranded May Bugs.
Each May, the arrival of the May bugs brings this incident to mind, and I often think of a well-known television commercial as I try to picture the lady with the empty tub in her hand exclaiming: ``I can't believe it's not a Colorado beetle