Common cockchafer

Melolontha melolontha

The cockchafer, colloquially called May bug or doodlebug, is a European beetle of the genus Melolontha, in the family Melolonthidae. Some authors would place the Melolonthidae as a subfamily Melolonthinae of the family Scarabaeidae.
Common cockchafer, ready to take off. Found this beetle today in Doorn the Netherlands 29-5-2020 Common cockchafer,Geotagged,Melolontha melolontha,Netherlands,Spring

Status

Once abundant throughout Europe and a major pest in the periodical years of "mass flight", it had been nearly eradicated in the middle of the 20th century through extensive use of pesticides and has even been locally exterminated in many regions. However, since an increase in regulation of pest control beginning in the 1980s, its numbers have started to grow again.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilyMelolonthidae
GenusMelolontha
SpeciesMelolontha melolontha