Italian beetles, not a species in itself but a series of species that live in our country, even very close to us but that often go unnoticed. Italian beetles are not exaggerated in size but can also create problems for plants, as in the case of larvae of Cetonia. Reading about Italian beetles we will realize how many there are and how little they have talked about.
Most live at the expense of cultivated plants, commodities, artifacts, but there are also Italian beetles that are welcome in our gardens because they hunt other small pests.For more information you can read: larvae harmful to the vegetable garden.
Among the various insects that populate our lands, i Italian beetles are the largest ones. In the world they count to date beyond 300 thousand species, in Italy there are far fewer but we can still say that it is impossible to list them all, and even useless. The important thing is to know what it is exist of terrestrial and aquatic, they have a consistent dermaskeleton but size can vary a lot from family to family Italian beetles.
There are the Tricopterigidi measuring 1 mm, other species that can even reach 15 cm but not in Italy, with us the maximum dimensions are however minimal.
Antennae and number of legs vary a lot, they are usually animals that chew, the jaws can be more or less robust, always of dimensions not from jaws, but in non-Italian beetles, even potentially capable of wounding.
The Italian black beetles are different and can have totally different characteristics from each other. Let's see some families in which the black color predominates. That of Geotrupidae, for example, groups medium and large beetles, generally black and shiny. They are fascinating for the metallic reflections that appear on their body, elongated and very convex. I'm coprophagous insects and they dig tunnels up to two meters long.
Another family of Italian and non-Italian black beetles is that of Orphinidae. There are very few Italian species and they have a very convex, shiny and obviously black appearance.
Italian beetles are not all flying, there are good fliers, mediocre fliers and even the clumsy flyers, that is, those more elegantly defined unable to fly.
In some families the front wings they are cases and cover the body, in those that do not fly, they are even short and very "rough", as mentioned, or welded together. Turning to hind wings, formed by membranes, they can be atrophic, often fold completely under the elytra in the resting phase.
In the family of Dynastidae there are large beetles, only six are Italian beetles, the others live in tropical countries. They are characterized by a noticeable sexual dysmorphism, the males have horns, the females do not, and being wood beetles, when they are larvae, si feed mainly on roots or rotting wood.
Of Giant Italian beetles, there are not many, the largest live in places far from our country. There are those of the family of Cetonidae, widespread especially in tropical countries, characterized by a "metallic" livery often green and red, with golden shades.
The habitat of the beetles is difficult to tell because they are widespread practically everywhere. Obviously they prefer areas with lots of greenery and as they vary what they eat, they frequent areas with different types of vegetation.
Beetles: plant parasites
There are Italian beetles that they live off the plants and spoil them, also creating fatal damage. An example is the Golden Cetonia whose larvae go looking for flowers and rosebuds to take nourishment from them, weakening the plants and even causing their death.
Beetles: how to keep them away
To ward off beetles, you can make use of a geodisinfestant, there are various types on the market, in stores and online. On Amazon a package of 1 kg of product against ants, grillotalps, grasshoppers, and ground insect larvae such as beetles, it costs 23 euros. It is recommended for the protection of lawns and floral and ornamental plants.
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