Not sure how dangerous this cute insect can be? Read what the May bug (Khrushchev) eats and how to deal with it in a summer cottage. The chafer beetle lives in Europe and Asia. Adults are quite large (the length of the oval body can reach 3.5 cm). The color of the beetle is black or reddish-brown; there may be a greenish tint on the head and back. On the body there are small dashed lines, hairs or hairy scales. The legs are also covered with hairs, and on the front tibia, there are 2 or 3 teeth. In spring, insects are selected from wintering places, and their flight lasts 1-1.5 months. In early June, females lay eggs in the soil (each – up to 70 pieces). At the same time, beetles choose mainly sandy and sandy loam soils, as well as compost heaps, since underground passages can be easily laid in them.
For the garden and the garden, larvae of larvae (they are also called furrows) are of great danger. They have a rather large and thick twisted body (up to 6 cm long) of white, beige, pale yellow or brown color, a rounded head and three pairs of legs. From the moment of hatching from the egg to pupation, the larvae develop over 3-4 years and during this time they manage to cause serious damage to the plants. In late summer-early autumn, they turn into beetles that remain to winter in the soil.
What do Do May Bugs eat?
Adult individuals feed on leaves, buds, and flowers of various trees and shrubs; apple, cherry, plum, sea buckthorn, and currant are particularly preferred. However, they do not refuse from other fruit and ornamental crops (including aspen, maple, birch).
May beetle larvae live in the soil, and they are more voracious: they feed on the roots and tubers of almost any herbaceous plants and trees. They especially like the roots of strawberries and fruit trees, root vegetables, and potato tubers. Moreover, one older larva can eat all the roots of a two-year-old tree in one day.