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HOW cockchafers breed and where they live


May bugs - some of the most common insects in Asia and Europe.

In size they reach 3 cm, and the distinctive appearance is difficult to confuse with other representatives of the beetles.



Habitat May beetle depends onstage of its life cycle. Find larvae at the surface is almost impossible. Their main elements - soil, and the basic diet - plant roots.


Dolls, of which there are bugs, hidden deep underground. At a depth of 50-60 cm, they are protected from the enemies and the environment.


Adult beetles live mainly in the trees and feed on their leaves and bark. Massive accumulations of beetles can often be seen in the bushes, young shoots rich and abundant foliage.


The period of the most active life Maybeetles - April and May. This is due primarily phase of their development. It was at this time the pupa turn into young adults, who make up almost immediately energy reserve and start pairing.


In the spring the female beetles lay in the soileggs, which a few months later changed its appearance and turned into pale yellow or white larvae. Outwardly, they look like small caterpillars with several pairs of limbs.


May beetle larva lives in the form of a few yearsand then turns into a pupa. The main difference from the pupa adult cockchafer is painting. If chafer painted most often in brown or black, the doll - colorless. It can color simultaneously called white, gray or yellowish.


The beetle pupa turns into early autumn. Until next spring insect lives in the soil and feed on the rhizomes garden and fruit crops.


It is noteworthy that the larvae of the May beetle haswell-developed jaws capable gnaw even the old and solid roots. Externally, the head of the larva does not differ from adult cockchafer, and painted it brown.


Life May beetle short. A month after the release of the surface they die. During this period chafers actively replenish stocks of nutrients, destroying vast amounts of vegetation, and then mate.

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