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|I made this photo on my bicycle trip yesterday. This beetle is called Polyphylla fullo, thanks to Alutka for giving me name of this specimen. |
Short description from http://www.findikci.net/
Adult: 32-40 mm, elongated, convex, fawn to dark brown elytra, bearing white irregular spots. Antenna well-developed, lamellated, particularly in the male. Larva: 60-80 mm long, similar to that of the common cockchafer ( Melolantha melolantha) , body whitish, curved into an arc; extremity of the the abdomen blackish. Head large, bearing strong mandibles; thoracic legs yellow, elongated, slender and hairy. Fine bristles, quite short on the pygidium with 2 parallel series of 7-8 short spines in the anal region.
Biology and Damage
Adult flies 1 hour after sunset and remains motionless during the day. It mates on the branches. The female deposit her eggs in the sandy soil neighbouring the trees. Average fecundity: 30 eggs. Eggs development lasts 1 month. Larva develops in the ground and gnaws roots. It overwinters in the ground.It pupate in the ground in a small cell. Pupation lasts 1 month. The larva overwinters 3 times in the ground then pupates in May of third year; the adult appears from mid-June to mid-July, feeds then lays eggs. The adults are harmless to the crop; the larva attack the roots of hazelnut.
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- [2011-06-26 1:29]
Ładnie wyszedł Ci ten Wałkarz lipczyk (Polyphylla fullo), i to samiczka. Nie spotkałam nigdy tego chrząszcza a jak widzę jest bardzo fotogeniczny. Gratuluję zdjęcia i pozdrawiam.
- [2011-06-26 1:46]
good colorful beetle. great clarity. nice contrast. thanks for sharing.
a superb macro shot of this insect, very good sharpness with impressive details, bright colours, excellent point of view.
Interesting subject and beautiful photo with nice colours and good sharpness.