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Common cockchafer or European cockchafer, Melolontha melolontha, larvae underground. After mating, females lay around 20 eggs in soft soil. After 4-6 weeks the larvae hatches out. It takes 3-4 years for the larvae to become fully developed, and they burrow deeper into the soil each winter to hibernate. The larvae can be serious pests of grasses and cereals, as they live in the soil feeding on roots. They also attack other garden plants and vegetables. Portugal

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Wild animal / Insect / Coleoptere / Scarab beetle / Cockchafer / Common cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha)

Area / Naturalness / Natural area

Enumeration / Alone

Individual / Stage of development / Larva

Matter (substance) / Earth (matter)

Shot / Macrophotography

Species / Diet pattern / Phytophage

Europe / European Union / Portugal

Species / Relation between species / Plant disease / Garden and crop-destroying

Individual / Nobody

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Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Protostomia / Articulata / Arthropoda / Tracheata / Antennata / Hexapoda / Insecta / Coleoptera / Polyphaga / Scarabaeoidea / Melolonthidae / Melolontha

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