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May Bug

Melolontha Melolontha


The cockchafer (colloquially called May bug, mitchamador, billy witch, or spang beetle, particularly in East Anglia) is a European beetle of the genus Melolontha, in the family Scarabaeidae.


First Melolontha :) I didn't have the time to switch for the macro lens, as he fell down and then flew away... Another time maybe!

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

That's brilliant ! The elytra look like flimsy husks. Great shots. Thanks.

Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 8 years ago

Thank you a lot Fyn!
And thank you Vinthoel too! :)

vinthoel 8 years ago

nice spot

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 8 years ago

Thank you a lot Dawn D. And Wandering Naturalist!
I m glad you like it



Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 8 years ago

Thank you Marta :)
First time I see and photograph one. I wish I could have had the time to take a picture with the macro lens.
I like the antennas :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Nice to see one! they are ever te scarcer! :-)

Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 8 years ago

Thank you a lot Karen!
It's the male who has these antennas (they could have made some for the female too! ^^)

MrsPbio 8 years ago

Love the antennae!

Frederic Ansermoz
Spotted by
Frederic Ansermoz

Vaud, Switzerland

Spotted on Apr 26, 2015
Submitted on Apr 27, 2015

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