Coloured SEM of head of a cockchafer, underside

Coloured SEM of head of a cockchafer, underside

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Caption: June beetle. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of the underside of the head of a male June beetle or cockchafer Melolontha melolontha, showing its lamellate (fan-leaved) antennae. The two jointed antennae, enlarged in the male beetle, are mobile sensory appendages of the head. They are used by male June beetles to detect chemical attractants given off by the female. Melolontha beetles are large, brown insects noted for their noisy, clumsy buzzing flight on early summer evenings. They live for a few months & can damage trees by feeding on leaves & flowers. The larvae, large white grubs, live underground & take 3 years to mature. Magnification: x8 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, antenna, beetle, cockchafer, head, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, june beetle, lamellate, lamellate antenna, melolontha, melolontha melolontha, nature, type, wildlife, zoology

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