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Tanka: An Amusing Coincidence

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Catherine's writing reflects her life-long love of nature. She advocates for sustainability and respect for all living things.

The Ten-Lined June Bug

The ten-lined June bug, Polyphylla decemlineata, is a type of scarab beetle native to Western North American where it thrives in the sandy soils and decomposed granite. It is most often found as a large white grub w/ a brown head when turning over garden beds during spring plantings. Raccoons damage turf grasses in search of them. Occasionally I've found one on a sunny windowsill, but its pronged legs enable it to fasten to screened doors and windows. June bugs and May beetles look lifeless when found clinging to screens, but its audible hiss when poked will say, "Leave me alone!" The 7-lined June bug is unique in its distinctive striped protective forewings called elytra. He reminds me of a plump, vested aristocrat with a cigar and a stuffy opinion! I hope you enjoy the short tanka poem inspired by him!

An Amusing Coincidence


Clinging to the screen

A fat June bug suns himself

In his white-striped shell.

"Mr.Pickwick, I presume?"

And turn my page of Dickens.



© 2014 Catherine Tally

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    • cat on a soapbox profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Tally 

      2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Haha, Shyron! Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

      Take care, Cat:)

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Cat, this is indeed inspiring, and yes it reminds me of someone who speaks at my town council every meeting.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Catherine Tally 

      2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Always nice to see you've dropped by:) Thanks, Frank. Take care!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      since you haven't put out anything new.. I'm revisiting this little gem.. Frank :)

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      Catherine Tally 

      2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Osam!

    • Rabadi profile image

      2 years ago from New York

      I like the thought :) following now, mind checking out my page? Thanks

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      Catherine Tally 

      2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Audrey:)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Spreading this wonderful piece around a bit!

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      Catherine Tally 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Dave! I appreciate the sweet compliment. The raccoons are visiting our gardens less often now that the grubs have matured into the May beetles and June bugs that cling to our screens and sun on our windowsills. I am savoring the cool mornings and sunny afternoons before summer's intense heat arrives. I hope you have been enjoying a lovely Spring.

      All the best,

      Catherine:)

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      Dave 

      3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Catherine,How did I nearly miss this one . Love it. Voted up,beautiful interesting. Well done.

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      Catherine Tally 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello Flourish- Thank you! My cat loves May & June because these beetles are plentiful, and they hiss when she pokes at them. She finds them as entertaining as crickets:)

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      Very clever June bug!

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      Catherine Tally 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Bill:) Washington state does have 10-lined June bugs, but you are not apt to see them since they prefer the drier inland areas and the fruit trees!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't even know if we have June bugs here in Washington. If we do I've never seen one. What a cute tanka...very creative.

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      Catherine Tally 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Peachy!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      like this short poem

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      Catherine Tally 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Audrey! Best wishes for the new year,

      Cat:)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Love this still!

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      cat on a soapbox 

      3 years ago

      Theater Girl, Thank you! I appreciate your dropping by:)

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      Jennifer 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Very interesting. I like the form.

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      Catherine Tally 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Audrey,

      I just couldn't resist the uncanny similarities! I am so glad you liked it and appreciate the praise. Wishing you a happy holiday season and a bright new year,

      Cat:)

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      Catherine Tally 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, prasetio30. I appreciate the kind comments and your thoughtfulness in voting up and sharing! All of the best, Cat:)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Love, love this!

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      prasetio30 

      3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Simple, but I like it very much. Thanks for writing. Up and shared!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      3 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Bar Humbug!! Not really, couldn't resist. Loved the haiku and the image. Cleverly done.

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      Catherine Tally 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Genna! I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Your comments really mean a lot:)

      Take care,

      Cat:)

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      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh...I LOVE this! Excellent writing. :-)

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      Catherine Tally 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Jodah! I appreciate the nice comment. It's always good to see you here. All the best,

      Cat:)

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a fun and intelligent little poem.

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      Catherine Tally 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello DealForALiving :) I appreciate your dropping by to read and comment and thank you for following me too! Take care, Cat :)

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      Catherine Tally 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Frank! I just had to equate the two:)

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      Sam Deal 

      3 years ago from Earth

      I like the idea of snoozing in his shell - nice thought

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      yeah, i like it... clever

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