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  1. Great colors, a natural beauty Jivko. Posted 2 years ago
  2. Very interesting about the larvae:

    "Clytra laeviuscula has a special relationship with ants. The females wrap each egg with their hind legs in a ball of about 2 mm of excrements/feces and leaves it in the vicinity of an anthill. The eggs are taken to the nest by ants, where the larvae made a kind of tube that serves to protect them from ants. They feed on the waste and other detritus left by the ants, on their eggs and on their larvae. The adults usually emerge after about two weeks. The larval cycle lasts about two years."
    Posted 2 years ago
    1. This is very interesting. Thank you for this information! Posted 2 years ago
      1. You're welcome! Posted 2 years ago

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''Clytra laeviuscula'' is a species of ''short-horned leaf beetles'' belonging to the family Chrysomelidae, subfamily Clytrinae. They are found in most of Europe, in the eastern part of the Palearctic ecozone and in the Near East.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Jivko Nakev

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Uploaded Jun 30, 2020. Captured Jun 26, 2020 20:39 in 11, 3301 Selanovtsi, Bulgaria.
  • E-M1MarkII
  • f/4.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm