How about another fun identification contest? This is a wonderful way to encourage your children to research and learn more about the natural world around them. If your children do not use the internet, take them to the library to research what type of insect this may be.

This large beetle was on the ground outside of a location I was visiting for work. It caught my eye as it looked similar to a ladybug but was very big!

We live in Connecticut. Can you identify this beetle?

Take a shot at it and leave your findings in comments below along with any links you want to share to support your hypothesis. If you have an interesting fact to share about this beetle, please include it. On August 23rd we will come back here and pick a random winner (you do not have to guess our insect correctly to win, just enter!). The winner will get to choose a Little Acorn Learning e-book of their choice so be sure to stop back by and see if you won!

Best of luck to you!

Tanya MI'm preety sure that this is a Grapevine beetle, also known as Spotted June Beetle or the Spotted Pelidnota.

Thank you for a chance to win.

Tanya MI'm preety sure that this is a Grapevine beetle, also known as Spotted June Beetle or the Spotted Pelidnota.

Thank you for a chance to win.

Tanya MI'm preety sure that this is a Grapevine beetle, also known as Spotted June Beetle or the Spotted Pelidnota.

Thank you for a chance to win.

FroggyMamaLooks like what we call "June Bugs" around here! 🙂

FroggyMamaLooks like what we call "June Bugs" around here! 🙂

FroggyMamaLooks like what we call "June Bugs" around here! 🙂

Marina A.Is it a grapevine beetle?

Marina A.Is it a grapevine beetle?

Marina A.Is it a grapevine beetle?

Lynn NLooks like a Spotted June Beetle to me.

Lynn NLooks like a Spotted June Beetle to me.

Lynn NLooks like a Spotted June Beetle to me.

Little Acorn LearningCongratulations to Sunshine Mama for randomly winning a FREE e-book from Little Acorn Learning. You are all correct that this is a Spotted June Bug or Grapevine Beetle http://www4.uwm.edu/fieldstation/naturalhistory/bugoftheweek/grapevine-beetle.cfm

Little Acorn LearningCongratulations to Sunshine Mama for randomly winning a FREE e-book from Little Acorn Learning. You are all correct that this is a Spotted June Bug or Grapevine Beetle http://www4.uwm.edu/fieldstation/naturalhistory/bugoftheweek/grapevine-beetle.cfm

Little Acorn LearningCongratulations to Sunshine Mama for randomly winning a FREE e-book from Little Acorn Learning. You are all correct that this is a Spotted June Bug or Grapevine Beetle http://www4.uwm.edu/fieldstation/naturalhistory/bugoftheweek/grapevine-beetle.cfm

Sunshine MamaIt looks like a grapevine beetle 🙂

Thanks for the chance!

Sunshine MamaIt looks like a grapevine beetle 🙂

Thanks for the chance!

Sunshine MamaIt looks like a grapevine beetle 🙂

Thanks for the chance!

Tanya MI'm preety sure that this is a Grapevine beetle, also known as Spotted June Beetle or Spotted Pelidnota.

Thank you for a chance to win.

Tanya MI'm preety sure that this is a Grapevine beetle, also known as Spotted June Beetle or Spotted Pelidnota.

Thank you for a chance to win.