Rose Chafer - Macrodactylus subspinosus
Yellowish-tan body that was about 12 mm long and covered in tiny hairs. It has impressive spiny, reddish-brown legs that gradually become darker at the ends. The antennae are short and lamellate, ending in a club of flat plates.
I spotted this beetle alone in a meadow, and it had the cutest behavior. Whenever I touched it, it would drop down on its ventral surface and kick its back legs up in the air. Not sure the purpose, but it was endearing.
''Macrodactylus subspinosus'' is a North American beetle of the family Scarabaeidae. It is one of at least two beetles in this family known as the "rose chafer", the other being the European ''Cetonia aurata''. ''M. subspinosus'' occurs from Eastern Canada to Colorado and is considered a pest of many crops and flowers. It is given its common name of rose chafer because it eats the leaves of roses, although it also feeds on many other plants.