Coloured X-ray of a male June beetle, Melolontha

Coloured X-ray of a male June beetle, Melolontha

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Caption: Cockchafer. Coloured X-ray of a male June beetle Melolontha sp., known as the cockchafer beetle. The male is identified by its pair of enlarged antennae, mobile sensory appendages found on either side of the head. These jointed antennae form a fan-like structure (here partly closed), which is used to detect chemical attractants released by the female. Melolontha beetles are large insects noted for their noisy and clumsy buzzing flight on early summer evenings. They damage trees and shrubs by feeding on the foliage and flowers, and live just a few months. Their underground larvae, however, take 3 years to mature. Magnification: x1 at 6x7cm size.

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