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Lagria hirta - Top view
Lagria hirta - Top view

Lagria hirta
Lagria hirta is a species in the order beetles (Coleoptera), the suborder Polyphaga, the infraorder Cucujiformia (synonym Chrysomeliformia), the superfamily Tenebrionoidea (synonym Heteromera), the family darkling beetles, also called darkening beetles (Tenebrionidae, formerly known as Lagriidae), the subfamily long-jointed beetles (Lagriinae), the tribe Lagriini, and the genus Lagria. Lagria hirta are widespread and in the temperate zones of Europe and Asia, common. This species is not regarded as endangered.
Lagria hirta - back view
Lagria hirta - back view
Adult Lagria hirta reach body lengths of 7 - 16 mm. Their bodies are elongated, have a black base colour and are covered with dense yellowish-brown hair. The head is black, long and narrow and has medium-length antennae. The antennae are also black and comprise 11 segments. The chest section (thorax) and abdomen are long, narrow, black and shiny.
Lagria hirta - side view
Lagria hirta - side view
The cover wings (elytra) are slightly separated, have a dark brown base colour and thick yellowish-brown hairs. The hind wings are transparent with a slightly brown sheen. The upper section of their long legs is flat at the sides. The feet (tarsi) have poorly developed claws.
Lagria hirta
Lagria hirta
Lagria hirta prefer habitats with sandy soils. They are encountered from May to September in deciduous forests, in forest clearings, forest edges, forest meadows and wet meadows, as well as in parks or large gardens. The adult beetles are diurnal and can be found sitting on small trees and a variety of other plants (Umbelliferae, Asteraceae) where they feed on pollen, nectar and young leaves. When they occur en masse, they can cause considerable damage to vegetation. Amonsgt their natural enemies are: insect-eaters, birds and spiders.
Lagriinae - Lagria hirta
Lagriinae - Lagria hirta
Mating season is fromJuly /to September. The fertilized females lay their eggs just below the surface of the soil (usually in chaff or leaves). The larvae of Lagria hirta are cream to light brown in colour. They feed on rotting leaves or on peat. The development of the larvae from egg to beetle takes 9 months, from autumn to spring. Lagria hirta overwinter in the larval stage. In May of the following year, the larvae pupate and hatch as adult beetles.

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1. Lagria hirta - Top view
2. Lagria hirta - back view
3. Lagria hirta - side view
4. Lagria hirta
5. Lagriinae - Lagria hirta
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