SALISBURY, Md.- There's been a mystery buzzing around Delmarva. WBOC has heard from many viewers about hundreds of strange bugs, some swarming around lawns and pools.
We drove around to neighborhoods across Wicomico County to find them for ourselves and learn just what these buzzing critters are.
Josette Bogar of Salisbury said, "My yard was just swarming with these flying insects and at first I thought they were ground bees."
Bogar said she had never seen anything like it. Wednesday, her yard was still full of the flying critters.
"All around the yard, they're not as bad today but they are flying," she told WBOC. "They're hovering over my grass and they were flying into the side of my house and hitting the front door and the windows and they were hitting the side of the house which I could hear in my living room. I thought someone was throwing something at my house but it was just bugs."
And those bugs aren't just in Salisbury.
Briann Davis said the bugs have kept her family busy in Delmar, where they keep having to fish them out of their pool.
"I really haven't noticed them until this year," she explained.
Dr. Jeurel Singleton, an entomologist at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, helped solve the mystery.
"The large green bugs are called June bugs. It has a scientific name of course of Cotinis."
According to Dr. Singleton, the June bugs are keeping pretty busy.
"Mating, hey that's the top of the list," she said. "They feed and they mate."
Many have noted there seem to be more of them out now than usual.
"This year because we had a very mild winter, this year we are having good times with bugs," Singleton said.
Singleton said June bugs do not bite or sting and can actually be quite tasty.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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