Real Violin Beetle – Mormolyce frame with vintage illustrations


Mormolyce phyllodes can reach a length of 60–100 millimetres (2.4–3.9 in). These beetles possess a flat leaf-shaped, shiny black or brown body with distinctive violin-shaped translucent elytra (hence the common name). This characteristic mimicry protects them against predators, while their flat shaped body allow them to dwell in soil cracks or under the bark and leaves of trees. Head and pronotum are very elongated, with long antennae and the legs are long and slender.

Both adults and larvae are predators, feeding on insect larvae. For defense purposes, they secrete the poisonous butyric acid. The larvae live between layers of bracket fungi, genus Polyporus. Their development lasts 8–9 months, while pupation lasts 8–10 weeks. Adults fly from August to November.

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Walnut colored frame with 1 real violin beetle (Mormolyce) together with some vintage anatomical illustrations. Front side is the real insect, backside is the illustration.

The frame size is 22,4cm x 27,6cm created from plastic and wooden layer, hard board, iron pins and UV protection glass. It is foreseen with a pressed clipping system of 4 hooks that securely seals the frame airtight as a protection of the specimen insight.