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beetle Rose Chafers

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Scientific name:  Cetonia aurata

Size:  Approx 20mm long

Distribution:  Found throughout the UK, although thought to be declining in numbers

Months seen:  May to October

Life Span:  2 years as a larva, then 6 - 12 months as an adult beetle

Habitat:  Meadows, parks and gardens.  The larvae live and feed inside rotting timber and compost

Food:  The larvae eat rotting vegetation and the adults eat pollen, nectar and petals

Special features:  Rose Chafers are one of our larger and more attractive beetles.  The upper surfaces are an iridescent emerald green and bronze colour.  The underside is a bronze colour.  There are ragged white marks running widthways across the wing casings which look like fine cracks.

Rose Chafers are usually seen in sunny weather feeding on the pollen and nectar - especially on roses.

The Rose Chafer is sometimes confused with the much rarer Noble chafer, a species normally associated with orchards.  One simple way to tell the difference is to look at the scutellum (the small triangular area between the wing cases).  On the Noble Chafer it's shaped like an equilateral triangle but on the Rose Chafer it's shaped like an isosceles triangle.


Sightings


2011 - Bristol - Nick Whitmore
2011 - Bristol - Alison Staddon
2011 - Torquay, Devon - C. Moon + Paige Larkin
2011 - Berkshire - Anne Bridger
2011 - Torquay, Devon - Mrs Dorothy Adams
2011 - New Forest, Hampshire - Rogers Family
2011 - Corfe Castle, Dorset - Sue + Adrian Mills
2011 - Witham, Essex - Jan & Rob Huggett
2011 - Ascot, Berkshire - John Bollands
2012 - Bristol - Gill & Dave Hibbs
2012 - Hove, E. Sussex - Jacqui Rush
2012 - Yateley, Hants - Fleur and Nick Smith
2012 - Colchester, Essex - Paul Ost
2012 - Torquay, Devon - Lynda and Evan Geach
2012 - South Stack, Anglesey - Brian Comer
2012 - Thames Ditton, Surrey - Sara Goddard
2012 - Poole, Dorset - Dee Hoy
2012 - Crowthorne, Berkshire - Alistair Allen
2013 - Reading, Berkshire - Pat Jones
2013 - Colchester, Essex - Nancy Burdikin
2013 - Woking, Surrey - Sheila Dyke
2013 - Clevedon, North Somerset - Leslie Sutherland
2013 - Bath, Somerset - Lorna Abrahams
2013 - Witham, Essex - Jo Adams
2013 - Sway, Hampshire - Joan and Brian Saxon
2014 - Enfield, North London - Rebecca Bick
2014 - Shepherd's Bush, West London - Hardeep Tassell (photo)
2014 - Guildford, Surrey - Nick + Maureen Batchelor (photo)
2014 - Wimbledon, S.W. London - Claire Benjamin (photo)
2014 - Windsor, Berkshire - Harry Goodwin (photo)
2014 - Torquay, Devon - Zachariah Eldred (photo)
2014 - Hersham, Surrey - Claire Hendren (photo)
2014 - Penwith, Cornwall - Helen Banks (photo)
2014 - Bristol - Samuel Williams (photo)
2014 - Witham, Essex - John Knott (photo)
2014 - Windsor, Berkshire - Roger Woodward (photo)
2014 - Tooting, London SW17 - Elizabeth Rowlands (photo)
2014 - Ealing, London - Paul Hamill (photo)
2014 - Brighton, East Sussex - Duncan Prince (photo)
2015 - Hertford, Herts - Jo Broom (photo)
2015 - Bracknell, Berkshire - Sally Milsom (photo)
2015 - Colchester, Essex - Sian, Niamh and Freya Collison (photo)
2015 - Bath, Somerset - Michele Gross
2015 - Brighton, East Sussex - Seana Clougher (photo)
2015 - Poole, Dorset - William Kennedy (photo)
2015 - Chiswick, West London - Christine Rumley
2015 - East Sheen, London SW14 - Paul Copley (photo)
2015 - Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset - Luke Hastings (photo)
2015 - Paignton, Devon - Barbara Gable (photo)
2015 - Wandsworth, London SW18 - Kelly Kolkiewicz (photo)
2015 - UK - Alice Glimmer (photo)
2015 - East Sheen SW14 - Paul Copley (photo)
2015 - St. Leonards, Dorset - Roger Avon (photo)
2015 - Fetcham Surrey - Chris Dedman (photo)
2015 - Newgale, Pembrokeshire - Jane Pascal (photo)
2015 - Paignton, Devon - Al Grant (photo)
2015 - Seaford, East Sussex - Ron Robinson
2016 - Ringwood, Hampshire - Elizabeth Butler
2016 - Peckham, London SE15 - Hannah Williams (photo)
2016 - Bristol - Urszula Gaworczyk (photo)
2016 - Mull of Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway - Catherine Lavell (photo)
2016 - Kensington, London - Thomas Wenn
2016 - Deen City Farm, Merton, South London - Lewis Milsted (photo)
2016 - Watlington, Oxfordshire - Lorraine Hancock (photo)
2016 - Farnborough, Hants - Melissa Soane (photo)
2017 - Notting Hill, London - Gee Thompson (photo)


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