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May bug (Male)

Melolontha melolontha


Adult may bugs appear at the end of April or in May and live for about five to seven weeks. After about two weeks, the female begins laying eggs, which she buries about 10 to 20 cm deep in the earth. The preferred food for adults is oak leaves, but they will also feed on conifer needles.


Male may bugs have seven distinct "leaves" on their antennae, whereas the females have six smaller ones.

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Antwerpen, Vlaanderen, Belgium

Spotted on May 7, 2015
Submitted on May 14, 2015

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