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Happenings in the insect world
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by Anne Schellman
on January 19, 2016 at 8:35 AM
Fascinating! I'd never heard of these insects. Now I hope to find one for my collection.
by Jim Blinkenberg
on October 18, 2016 at 11:17 PM
Today, 10/18/16, I saw one of these in the Fork Lift parking lot in Cameron Park, CA. I had never seen one before, and considering how rare they are, according to this article, I now feel I am extremely lucky! I picked him up and put him back in one of the planter boxes where he (or she) dug himself a new hole and stayed. What a great day!
by Jessica
on October 20, 2016 at 1:24 PM
I have these all over my yard right now!
by Katie
on October 25, 2016 at 7:13 AM
Just had two of these come out of nowhere to attack my breezeway light. They looked like they were flying drunk; kept flying into the walls. I had to dodge them!
by Dana
on October 27, 2016 at 7:21 AM
Always wondered what these are. We have hundreds of them come out of the ground for days after the first good rain. Our dogs love to chase them around and eat them. They must taste good.
by Kae moreno
on April 5, 2017 at 8:53 PM
Just discovered these little guys today in some hills next to Rattlesnake Mountain in Reno,Nevada. Found your article and am amazed by what I have read about them. I feel quite lucky to have seen these little guys. What a strange life that they have. Wow, 10 years underground. Thank you for this lesson you have shared. I was amazed learning about the humming bird moth but the rain beetle is much more amazing and unusual. Great day!
by Dana
on October 26, 2017 at 10:07 AM
Found one next to my bed this morning. May have come in with the dog. Scared me to death. I am NOT a bug person. Am staying at a property out in country. This thing gave me the heebie jeebies! Is it likely I'll encounter more. Am a pet sitter, owner says never seen any before. This is by Hillsboro Oregon. Why are these things so revered? This bug i met was polite. Didn't fly at me or anything. Thank God.
by Rod Plapp
on November 4, 2018 at 11:13 PM
I have these down in my woods near Amity,Oregon.I always wondered what they were.
by Jordan
on November 15, 2018 at 6:05 PM
Found one dying today in Monmouth, Oregon
by Phil
on November 21, 2018 at 6:19 PM
Just Collected four in Placerville, Ca.
by Valerie
on November 21, 2018 at 6:44 PM
My friend just had about 20 males on her car windshield today. I wish I could post a photo. She is in Placerville, Ca
by Valerie
on November 21, 2018 at 6:46 PM
My friend just had about 20 males on her car windshield today. I wish I could post a photo. She is in Placerville, Ca
by Joan
on November 21, 2018 at 7:22 PM
First big rain in Penn Valley, Nevada County this afternoon. Heard light thuds hitting window and turned on porch light to find about 50 of these friends flying and crawling about on the front porch. They are all over the outside of our house right now. Thinking it might be one of the plagues (we have been having a rough year with fire, drought, politics) I quickly googled rain and beetles and found your page. Now I feel thankful to have witnessed this rare event. We’re in a rural area, not too much development. Glad these guys have a place to live.
by Lee Ekland
on November 21, 2018 at 10:22 PM
Growing up in Los Angeles, as soon as my brother Bruce had a car he would drive up into the Santa Monica Mountains hoping to get a look at the emerging rain beetles during the first fall rains. They always escaped him. Fast forward 40 years and now I’m living in the Sierra Nevada and look forward to their emergence every year. My brother’s love of nature and appreciation for obscure life forms (to most) has greatly enhanced my views. I sent him his rain beetle.
by Joe C
on November 22, 2018 at 5:18 PM
We have these in Somerset, Ca, near Plymouth. Very localized, nearby in Placerville no one knows about these. They’ve been an annual occurrence for as long as I can remember. I actually think they’re kind of cute. They have a very goofy way of flying and when they crawl it’s very bumbly. They are very strong and if you hold one in your hand it will push its way out between your fingers.  
 
This year a few came out before the first rain. It was weird and I chalk it up to climate change.
by Gene
on November 24, 2018 at 11:47 AM
I just found 15 or 16 outside my front door in Groveland, Calif.
by Terry
on November 25, 2018 at 7:56 AM
We first discovered these guys back in 1986 when we moved from the Willamette Valley of Oregon into the foothills west of Junction City. We had moved into a single wide trailer with metal siding and these guys woke us with their relentless bouncing off the sides of the trailer. Being a native of Oregon I had never seen these beetles before. Every year since we see them early in the mornings after the first rains of the fall.
by Katee
on November 27, 2018 at 9:36 PM
We get them each year here in Mariposa in the evening after the first rain. They came out tonight! We never got them in Coarsegold.
by Funsunnyday
on November 27, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Found your page because our kitchen window was being pelted tonight and HAD to figure out what these giants were! I had no idea these large beetles were so intriguing! My husband said the last time he saw them was in 1983-ish in Placerville. Today, we’re in Coarsegold, CA.
by Gene St . Denis Sierra Nevada Research
on December 4, 2018 at 2:24 PM
Funsunnyday, I am doing extensive research on the rain beetles and have a resource collection of Pleocoma here at Lake Tahoe. I am also involved in collecting some for the California Academy of Sciences as well as our local college. If possible, I would like to examine some specimens you saw or see some close-up pictures. Head shoots from above with antennae segments (laminellae) would be nice to count to further ID them. The ones you saw and heard in Placerville are Pleocoma fimbriata males. The females are flightless. Cheers! Geno
 
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