It was pretty cool to be that close to one. I had never even seen one in person until a couple of years ago, and never in our yard until this spring.
Later, I looked down and saw a really big beetle near Cyn's feet - like nearly under them. I didn't want it to get squished, let alone Cyn to freak out, so I flicked it back under the bench. "What?" "Nothing. Don't look." "Why? What is it?" "Nothing." "Oh ick! A June bug." "No, June bugs are nowhere hear that big."
It wasn't moving, so I figured it was dead or dying. A few minutes later, I saw it climbing on the hosta, so I guess it was just playing possum.
This thing looks about four inches long, climbing on the hosta.
But it's a small hosta. It's probably three quarters of an inch wide, though, and nearly an inch and a half long. Definitely the biggest beetle I've ever seen around here (in Wisconsin). Does anyone know what it is? And should I be concerned? I don't know what these things eat.
This was when it was playing dead, so its head is down, and its antennae in.