Finally some rain! I fed the dogs and cats, filled the bird feeders and went back to bed. Kept waking up to wind and plop and patter only to doze off again. Is there anything better than being warm and dry when it’s cold and wet? Especially if you’re a rain beetle?

“After a slow soaking rain—one or more inches— male rain beetles (Pleocoma species) make a sudden and abundant appearance. At dusk, in the early morning, or on cloudy, drizzly days, the males fly in slow sweeping arcs through the foothills and mountainous areas, keeping low to the ground, searching for flightless females.

Neither male nor female rain beetles feed as adults. The larvae feed on the roots of live trees and shrubs, particularly oaks and conifers.

The female rain beetle rarely leaves her burrow, but waits at the entrance, emitting a pheromone (chemical sexual attractant) that leads the male to her. After mating, the female closes the entrance to her burrow and lays her eggs. The eggs, which are deposited at the base of her burrow, do not mature until the following spring or early summer.

Rain beetle larvae are slow-developing, and appear to have a long life cycle, as much as 10 to 12 years. When they become adults, the males may wait as long as a month before the first rains bring them into the open air for their mating flight. The females dig tunnels to the surface and wait for the males to arrive.”

rain-beetles

courtesy – San Diego Museum Natural History

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