June Bug

june bug

This isn’t the June Bug from my patio and I don’t know original photographer to give proper credit.

 

I enjoy my patio so much and it appears that many critters — crawling and flying enjoy it too. One such flying critter was a metallic green June Bug. I noticed it a couple of weeks ago — flying around the plants. My cats are the ones who brought the flying critter to my attention. Ever since I put a hummingbird feeder outside, they wait to see the “hummingbird” show, and since then there has been an increase of other birds, insects and butterflies coming to visit.

I never saw a June Bug until I moved to Southern California. They are a member of the beetle family and I recently read they are also called scarabs — back in the day, they were regarded by Egyptians as sacred, and they used the beetle in amulets and rings. To me they symbolize determination and grace. I am in awe watching them fly around with those tiny wings, carrying that large body. I have also been face to face with one — I swear it was trying to interact with me or maybe it was simply checking me out.

This morning I found my June Bug laying on the patio floor. It had died. I thought of the Buddhist lessons regarding impermanence. I felt sad and it reminded me that life is short, whether we are a June Bug or Human. A June Bug, if its lucky, can live 4 years! That’s a long time in bug years… we humans get about 80, if we are lucky. I don’t know what a June Bug does most of the time… I guess it looks for food … sort of our equivalent of working, I suppose. This particular June Bug seemed to enjoy my patio and I enjoyed watching it fly around. I’ll miss this little guy and consider it to be one of my teachers…life is short…so, be sure to stop and smell the flowers.

Namaste!

Inge

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2 thoughts on “June Bug

  1. I laughed out loud when I saw the name of your blog. Few people can put it out there so directly! Love the message of simplicity in this post, and healthful living throughout your blog. 🙂

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