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What does a May bug do?
Last Updated: 11th March, 2020
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In this manner, what do may bugs do to humans?
You can often see cockchafers on May evenings buzzing around the garden, which is why they are often known as the 'May bug'. As large, noisy insects they can be a little frightening, but are actually harmless to humans. However, they can considerably damage garden plants and crops.
Similarly, what are May bugs attracted to? Large blundering insects are also known as May-bugs which are attracted to artificial light and fly into houses or collide with windows on warm evenings in May and June.
Keeping this in consideration, what is the purpose of the May bug?
Until pesticides started controlling them in the Twentieth Century, cockchafers were a serious agricultural pest. The grubs (sometimes called rookworms as they are prized by corvids) can devastate cereal crops. The adults eat leaves and flowers.
Can a May bug hurt you?
So, when you next see a May bug, doodlebug, chovy or Billy witch, remember – however alarming it may look, it isn't a cockroach, it isn't going to sting you, and while it may do some damage to your garden, it won't harm you.