Melolontha pectoralis Megerle, 1812 ♂
Common names: Large cockchafer [En], Maikäfer [De]
Dalyan, MUĞLA ● Turkey
Description: The beetle has the shape of a typical cockchafer , but the apex of the abdomen in the female is hardly extended. The body length is 20 to 28 mm.
The head and pronotum may be coloured very differently from black to brown-red. The compound eyes are rounded, large and convex.
The wide pronotum margins and irregularly pale hairy.
The red-brown elytra have four scattered dotted parallel ridges. The areas between the ridges are dotted with dense, fine, coarse points.
On the abdomen below, six abdominal plates (sternites) are visible. Their rear edges are fused in the middle with the front edges of each following sternite. Each abdominal segment is densely white haired on the side.
Biology: The larvae feed on roots. The full development takes three to four years. The adult beetles appear in late spring. Newly hatched specimens are dusted white, but the dust is lost quickly.
Habitat: Wooded, dry south-facing slopes.
Distribution: Temperate Europe and Western Asia.
Wikipedia, Melolontha pectoralis [De]