1. Also called May beetle. any of several large, brown beetles of the genus Phyllophaga, of the scarab family, appearing in late spring and early summer.
  2. green June beetle.
  3. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. a firefly.


  1. any of various large brown North American scarabaeid beetles that are common in late spring and early summer, esp any of the genus PolyphyllaAlso called: May beetle, May bug

also june bug, 1829, name for various beetles which emerge in adult form and are active in June, first attested in Southern U.S. dialect, from June + bug (n.).

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