A couple of nights ago Mary and I have were sitting in our front room reading and I asked, “Is it starting to rain?” We could hear the pitter-patter of what sounded like rain drops hitting our window and screen particularly on the side of the house directly beneath the bright yard light in the parking area.
On closer examination we found that the lights were attracting some beetles which were swarming all around the light and trying to fly to the lights inside our home through the windows and screens.
The “June Bugs” of Ecuador apparently swarm here in January! We shut off the outside lights and retreated to the bedroom to read in the hopes that we would not draw too many of these little creatures into the house. Our efforts had limited success. Here is a close up of one of the beetles in our kitchen.
This morning Mary and I did some research and have learned a few things about beetles. Forty percent of the world’s insects are beetles and there are over 400,000 species of beetles known to date with more being discovered frequently. One of the largest groups of beetles is the scarab beetle making up ten percent of all beetles with over 30,000 species. Once worshipped in ancient Egypt and often used as a rich food source, the scarab beetles range all over the world with the exception of the polar cap areas.
I asked our caretaker friend, Giovanni what these beetles are called in Spanish and he told me they are a type of beetle (escarabajo) named, “manicho”, but we could not find anything on the internet for beetles under manicho. We found too many pictures of beetles and scarab beetles to say for sure exactly what this specific species is, so I think we will continue to call it a manicho or June bug!
No matter what you call them we have plenty! Here is the scene that greeted us on our patio this morning.
Here’s what our patio area netted last night.
I swept up at least this many yesterday and we will probably have these visitors for a few more days before the grillos (crickets) start their annual swarming!
I resisted the urge to fry these up for breakfast!
Life is rich in Ecuador!