Summer Chafer - Amphimallon solstitialis


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

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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map