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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Memories of rat-a-tatty May bugs. Of midges, gnats and moth storms.
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.
We traced it to an influx of May Bugs. These are insects roughly the size and build of a half-brick.
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!'' I think at this point it would be expedient if I gave a brief description of the Colorado beetle - just in case - so to speak.