Sunday, June 2, 2019


Are these bugs friends or foes? Flower growers, especially rose gardeners, like my friend Sylvia who captured this photo in her garden in the south of France, will say that Cetonia beetles, or rose chafers, are a curse because they feed on flower petals. They have a particular liking for cultivated roses.

These scarabées though have redeeming qualities! Their larvae, which live in the ground for about two years, play an important role in the ecosystem because they digest decaying organic material, leaving the soil enriched. Organic gardeners therefore recommend catching the beetles and releasing them someplace else to maintain the ecological chain.

un scarabée:  a beetle
une bestiole:  a bug

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