Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The cockchafer of Europe, Melolontha vulgaris.
- n. In the United States, the popular name of several species of the genus Lachnosterna, of which there are altogether about 75. The commonest is L. fusca, abundant in the months of May and June, hence sharing with some related beetles the name of June-bug. It is a stout beetle, about an inch long, of a dark-brown color, with comparatively long, slender feet and hooked claws, and well known from its habit of entering lighted rooms at night with a loud buzzing noise. These beetles feed upon the leaves of various trees, preferably plum and cherry. The large white larvæ or grubs live in the ground on the roots of turf, and are often very injurious, like those of the cockchafer.
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