Cockchafer Zoological Poster


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Cockchafer Zoological Poster - Melolontha melolontha

The Science:

The Common Cockchafer or May Bug is a beetle in the family Scarabaeidae widely distributed across Europe, and once considered a serious pest before the use of pesticides seriously reduced its abundance. About an inch long and with distinctive striated elytra and a pointed pygidium that looks almost like a stinger, it is completely harmless to people, and has been a fixture in Continental culture inspiring children’s rhymes and tin toy wind-ups. The poster depicts the life cycle at top, from eggs to grub to chrysalis with adults shown emerging, in flight and at rest on a stem. Below are anatomical and structural details, including the exploded exoskeleton seen from below. This is one of a wonderful series of Scientific German Educational Charts, created in the 1950s and 60s and still produced by the original printer, internationally recognized for producing educational science charts since 1929. These charts are issued today using the original film and same methods as the first printing. They are printed without inscription for both classroom study and decorative purposes, with special attention paid to botanical detail and scientific accuracy.

The Story:

Mounted on linen canvas stretched on wooden rods for display, each measures 44.5 inches tall by 32.25 inches wide (85 cm x 120 cm), and comes with a nylon cord strung through the top wooden rod for easy hanging. Each comes securely rolled and will be shipped to you in a sturdy mailing tube. These lovely botanical posters are large, colorful and impressive pieces of science decor. Add a touch of vintage classroom style to your home today!


SKU: HD-PO0055
Dimensions: 36"W x 46.5"H
Scientific Name: Melolontha melolontha
Origin: Germany
Material: Linen backed canvas
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