Alt Name. Host Plants: In the garden: Grass/lawns. Male Orange tip butterfly Photo - Sam Chamberlin. Cockchafer beetle. Where Found: Throughout UK (although more common in the southern counties) and Europe. They live underground as larvae for years and emerge as adults often in large numbers. Listen out for the characteristic buzzing sound these big, brown beetles make. The preferred food for adults is oak leaves, but they will also feed on conifer needles. Common Cockchafer - Melolontha melolontha. Before pesticides came on the market, cockchafers were controlled by the collection and killing of adults, which worked moderately well. Maikaefer, Larve, Melolontha, Maikaeferlarve, Engerling. Listen for their characteristic buzzing sound. The larvae (grubs) have a whitish curved body, large head, with strong mandibles and long, hairy, well developed yellow legs. Main navigation. Skip to main content Durham Wildlife Trust. Adult cockchafers feed on tree leaves. The common cockchafer lays its eggs in fields, whereas the Forest Cockchafer stays in the vicinity of the trees. The common cockchafer lays its eggs in fields, whereas the Forest Cockchafer stays in the vicinity of the trees. Common cockchafer | … They live underground as larvae for years and emerge as adults often in large numbers. When just laid, the oval eggs of the common cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha) are 2 x 3 mm, but they increase in size by absorbing water. The larvae, known as "white grubs" or "chafer grubs", hatch after four to six weeks. They are large, brown beetles who spend the first few years of their lives as larvae underground. Larva of two may beetle (Melolontha) on the dirt. Adult cockchafers feed on tree leaves. Description: The cockchafer is about 2.5cm in length and is the largest species of chafer beetle in the UK. They mostly come out after the sun has set and can be seen flying around streetlights and lighted windows. They live underground as larvae for years and emerge as adults often in large numbers. Cockchafer larvae can be a pest of some cereal and vegetable crops when present in large numbers. The preferred food for adults is oak leaves, but they will also feed on conifer needles. Cockchafer larva live underground. About us. Listen for their characteristic buzzing sound. Durham Wildlife Trust is a nature conservation charity. https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-to-identify-cockchafer-may-bug.html Cockchafer Description. In Ancient Greece, it is described as a common practice for boys to catch a Cockchafer, tie a linen thread to its feet and then enjoy it flying in circles. The larvae, known as "white grubs" or "chafer grubs", hatch after four to six weeks. What We Do . Cockchafer also called Maybug or doodlebug European beetle genus Melolontha family Scarabaeidae. Species; Additional images; Click here to support NatureSpot by making a donation - small or large - your gift is very much appreciated. Skip to main content Search. High resolution photo. The common cockchafer, or 'May Bug', can often be seen swarming around street lights in spring. Search. May bug or cockchafer or Melolontha on a dandelion. It takes three or four years for the larvae to fully develop. The common cockchafer is also known as a May bug as they often emerge as adults during the month of May. They feed on plant roots, for instance potato roots. The Cockchafer has long been a source of fascination for children. Essex Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity. Main navigation. Common Cockchafer, larva, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany / (Melolontha melolontha) / Maybug. Larvae live underground for years, emerging as adults together. A similar game is reported in Victorian England, when children would stick a pin through a wing to create a similar effect. 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