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Happenings in the insect world
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
on December 18, 2018 at 6:26 AM
Fresno foothills near Tollhouse, elevation about 1850. I'm in a trailer while my house is under construction and heard them hitting the trailer at about 10 per minute starting at about 3 a.m. Based on inputs from Coarsegold and Mariposa, this must be a good year for them for this area.
by Judy Lawrence
on July 28, 2019 at 7:12 PM
July 28,2019, San Bernardino County, Lake Arrowhead Mountains, elevation 5174’  
At 6:53 this morning, that is morning, took my dog out. When I came back into the house approximately 10 minutes later, 2” to 2 1/2” black beetle, on our wood floor near our back door, that I left open while outside. Not flying, walking only, rather slow, not in a hurry. Seemed to be trying to get back to the door. It was only 3 feet inside.  
I have NEVER SEEN ANY BUG THIS BIG. Living in Houston and San Antonio, it was bigger than the granddaddy of cockroaches-the big American cockroach..  
It really gave me a heart attack! But I could clearly see it was not a roach.  
Our home in Lake Arrowhead is on the lake. We have less than 50 steps to the water. This area has had one of the largest rainfalls and snowfalls in history. Memorial Day it was below 30.  
And it snowed.... this weather pattern has brought about many changes in nature  
this year. Our home is on Shelter Cove Drive, Lake Arrowhead.
by marlane meyer
on December 3, 2019 at 10:15 AM
I found one yesterday in Beachwood canyon in Hollywood, CA. It was flipped over on its back and seemed to be injured but I took him home and gave him some water and dug a little hole for him to rest in. I read that he eats roots and fungi and there is that in the hole so I hope  
he makes it back to whatever life he might enjoy.
by Pequodhill
on December 5, 2019 at 6:01 AM
Wonderful visit of a flying male at dusk on our porch during a rainstorm 1100 eastern Alameda County
by Eric Cranston
on December 7, 2019 at 5:10 AM
Interesting to learn of their rarity, but not rare here in Mariposa. My German Shorthair, Wilhelm, thinks they are a mini bird and chases them when they fly. Dozens gather at my sliding door to the kitchen and love to bump the glass. Their eyes glow when a high intensity light hits them. Very interesting to watch. I find them mainly in the morning around 5 a.m. during a moderate rainstorm.
by Melissa C
on December 9, 2019 at 3:09 PM
Had about a dozen of these show up on my patio after a snow melt in Placerville, CA  
I could hear them loudly flying around, low to the ground, with little coordination the night before.  
After some research I was very happy to stumble upon this article. I’m a little less creeped out and a little intrigued by these little creatures now.
by Melissa C
on December 9, 2019 at 3:09 PM
Had about a dozen of these show up on my patio after a snow melt in Placerville, CA  
I could hear them loudly flying around, low to the ground, with little coordination the night before.  
After some research I was very happy to stumble, upon this article. I’m a little less creeped out and a little intrigued by these little creatures now.
by Connie
on December 11, 2019 at 6:11 PM
I had never seen or heard of these beetles before we bought our home on the North Umpqua River in Glide, Oregon in 2018. We live amongst the forest, and the ground gets soft and damp with the rains. I first saw the the small piles of dirt and needles all over our yard. When I removed some of the dirt, I could see a hole about the size of a pencil eraser. I had no idea what creature would be inhabiting our yard. I was actually concerned what could it be. Each day I noticed more and more spots. I knew something was digging into the ground. One morning before daylight as I was taking my fur kids outside, the motion light came on and it was then that I would have my first experience with the rain beetle. Oh my gosh, the erratic flying toward my face and the noise that was coming at me sounded like a helicopter. I told my coworkers I had been attacked by a helicopter beetle. I dug one out of the ground upon returning home and started the research. It didn't take much to identify what I was looking at. My Bassett hounds love hunting them. One loves to eat them, yuk! They must taste good to her as they seem to be a good snack. I was concerned if they would make her sick. I just make sure to treat her for parasites after their season is over. I am a little concerned about the larvae eating the roots of my fruit trees and our forest we live in. I will have to do some research on this new information that I now know after reading this article.
by Katie
on December 12, 2019 at 2:06 PM
I am in Redding, CA and have seen 4 of these so far after our recent rains.
by Julie
on November 14, 2020 at 5:22 PM
When we lived at Redberry Hill just off Climax Rd near Pine Grove, we saw them every year when we had our first rain. They came out just after sundown CREEPY.
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