I love Egyptian mythology, but I think they got the scarab thing wrong. The Egyptian god Khepri, Ra, was often depicted as a scarab. Scarabs were also often worn or carried by people. They were buried with scarab amulets and decorations...the list goes on, but you get the picture, they thought highly of the scarabs.
Now, lets discuss what these things really are: They eat dung and decomposing matter, they fly towards our house and crash repeatedly until they die and they get stuck in my hair if I don't constantly run around like a lunatic waving them away.
Each night this week we have had over 100 of these bugs flying around. As we sit down at the end of the day to watch t.v., we keep hearing "thwap" as they run into our windows. When I take the dogs out at night, they rush the doorway and then I have to do my bug dance. (There will never be a picture of this bug dance, so don't even ask!) The ones that manage to get inside fly around buzzing loudly and keep smacking into the walls. They are also making it hard for me to clean and paint our window sills, not to mention that the cat keeps thinking they are toys and keeps bringing them inside. To top it off, each morning I have to sweep handfuls of dead ones off of our porch. I will so not cry when this bug season is over.
I swept away our recent gold one, so the first picture below is copied from Google. The large black one below is still alive, but you can see this one was used as a toy by the cat. When they are threatened, they play opossum and roll into a ball and the kitty is positive that they were invented for her to play with.
As we were cleaning up outside this morning, we found this dead spider too. So, for my friends that are used to the June Bugs, I thought I would add this too.
P.S. There is no way that I would be this close taking a picture if it was still alive.