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Polyphylla fullo

Polyphylla fullo
Photo Information
Copyright: Damian Stepien (Kasek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 13 N: 50] (284)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-25
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world, Beetle of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-26 1:09
Viewed: 3803
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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Witaj Damianie.
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.

good colorful beetle. great clarity. nice contrast. thanks for sharing.

Hallo Damian,
a superb macro shot of this insect, very good sharpness with impressive details, bright colours, excellent point of view.
Best regards

Hello Damian
Interesting subject and beautiful photo with nice colours and good sharpness.

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