Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne June Bug Meals
Name: Sandra S.  
Status: Other
Age: 40s
Date: 7/15/2004 

Are June bugs harmful for my dog to eat?

Many dogs will eat June Bugs or their larvae without complications. In fact, canids in the wild eat a lot more insects than people previously realized. The only issues could be if the bugs have been sprayed with an insecticie or if your dog eats so many that she develops an intestinal obstruction, which always happens to some dogs during the 17 year cicada eruption. But June Bugs are so much smaller than cicadas that this would seem a very unlikely event!

Laura Hungerford, DVM, MPH, PhD
University of Maryland

Click here to return to the Veterinary Topics Archive

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory