Summer Chafer - Amphimallon solstitialis

    Description

    Approximately 20 mm long. Quite similar to the Common Cockchafer but much smaller. The abdomen of Summer Chafer is more rounded (rather than pointed) at the tail end.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Meadows, hedges, woodland edge and gardens.

    When to see it

    June to August.  It flies at dusk around the tops of trees and may be attracted to light.

    Life History

    Requires unimproved pasture for larval development. Adults feed on leaves of various plants and trees.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain but quite local.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. There was only 1 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015, that coming from 1907.

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