a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Sunday, April 1, 2012

June Bugs In March

The June Bugs came early this year as has every thing.  Nothing is doing what it is supposed to be doing according to my memory calendar.

When I was a child (and I didn't grow up to be a serial killer) I captured June bugs.  I tied strings on their legs and let them fly while I held the string.  The bugs were released after play time, usually unharmed.

This pass time was such a thrill, I passed down that tradition to my children and to my grandchildren.  March the June bugs emerged extremely early.
The joy of the bug kingdom is passed to another generation.  The same way it was passed to me.  One feed sack string, one June bug, and lots of fun and learning.  Aunt Marcy passed the experience to Zander this week and it was a roaring, uh, buzzing, success.


Journaling Woman said...

You know, I thought I was imagining things. WE have them too. What a year this will be.

Me too on tying them up.


Far Side of Fifty said...

Never heard of tying them onto a string but I think I will share is with my youngest Grandson someday:)

Laurel's Quill said...

What a darling picture.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Yep, I had my turn at play with them. They're out of reach now, though. Sigh.

Irene said...

I'm a little uncomfortable with the idea of tying up a bug to a string, but I suppose it is an old habit, a custom even. I guess I can't stand in the way of traditions.

Lynne said...

June bugs are a JUNE bug . . . This is some year. Some of our plants look like they are"hiding out" behind their huge leaves. FREAKIN' is what they are doing. Confused, just like I am!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Good grief! We don't have, or rarely has anything that big flown near me. I wish someone had taught me not to be afraid of bugs, but I am! We don't have a huge amount of bugs here in Southern Cal. but enough!
What a great sport that must be to a little boy! A bug on a string...wow! :) Their legs never come off?
Yep, wish someone had calmed me down about those buggies!!

SaucyKod said...

OH my goodness, you have June Bugs in April. Our weather here in Atlantic Canada has just been crazy. No body had to fly south to spend a warm week by a beach. Last week we had soaring temps of 86+ in the back yard the last week of march and usually at this time we are up to our knees still in snow and cold, cold weather.
I am most intrigued about the string on the leg of the June bug - never heard of this before.
Just happened to come across your blog and very interesting - will be back.

Sue said...

June bugs always kinda gross me out...


Nezzy said...

I thought I saw 'em Friday but thought Naaaaaw, it can't be in March! Guess maybe I did.

Yep, we used to do the same thing and have oodles of fun.

Zander looks like he's quite amused!!!

God bless ya sweetie!!! :o)

Gmama Jane said...

On Marlene's recommendation I came by for a visit and decided to stick around. You sound like my kind of people and women our age are a unique brand of person...full of spunk, grit, and a I don't give a rat's butt what anyone thinks.
I'll e back
Gmama Jane

Tami Weingartner said...

Sweet lord. I love your little grandchild and his temporary pet.

Very cute series of shots. Put a big smile on my face.

Catch and release.

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