Melolontha melolontha


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Related to Melolontha melolontha: Melolontha pectoralis, Melolontha hippocastani
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Noun1.Melolontha melolontha - any of various large European beetles destructive to vegetation as both larvae and adultMelolontha melolontha - any of various large European beetles destructive to vegetation as both larvae and adult
melolonthid beetle - any of various beetles of the family (or subfamily) Melolonthidae
genus Melolontha, Melolontha - a genus of Melolonthidae
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Johann Georg Krunitz feared for the moral corruption of the young, whose games included breaking the legs of European cockchafers (Melolontha melolontha) and stabbing needles through their bodies.
Some insect have moved from "pests" to "delicacy", such as the cockchafer bug (Melolontha melolontha) whose grubs feed on plant roots such as potato, but which can be made into a soup considered delicious in France, Germany and some other European countries.