Amphimallon Solstitiale

Amphimallon Solstitiale

 

a beetle of the family Scarabeidae. The body is 15–19 mm long. The elytra and pronotum are light yellow and have a dark spot in the middle; they are covered with dense, long hairs. Amphimallon solstitiale is distributed from the taiga (where it is rare) to the Caucasus and Middle Asia (primarily on irrigated lands). The beetle flies in mid-summer; the females are only slightly mobile. The beetles are harmless. The larvae, which are C-shaped and measure up to 4.5 cm long, seriously damage the underground parts of plants, predominantly on newly cultivated or poorly worked lands. Control measures include cultivation of the soil, proper crop rotation, and application of insecticides to areas of severe infestation.