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European forest cockchafer or Chestnut cockchafer

Melolontha hippocastani


cockchafer reach sizes of 25–30 mm


Found in heathland, on oak leaves


About every 30 to 40 years it comes to outbreaks. The overpopulation usually collapses because of illness. then you have for a long time the impression the cockchafer died out. A culinary specialty early 1900: cockchafer soup. Without wings and legs they were roasted in butter and then cooked, for example in chicken broth

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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Spotted on May 16, 2015
Submitted on Jun 14, 2015

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