Welsh Chafer - Hoplia philanthus


Length 8-9 mm with a black head and thorax and reddish brown wing cases.

Identification difficulty

It is usually seen in meadows and along hedgerows and woodland edges.

When to see it

The adult beetle can be seen from June to August. The beetles are active during the day, particularly in June and early July when they seeking a mate.

Life History

Its larvae feed on a wide range of plant species, including grass roots, and can be a problem in sports turf and lawns.

UK Status

It is quite uncommon and mainly found in the west of England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Uncommon but probably increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were 13 VC55 records for this species up to July 2017.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Welsh Chafer
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
04/07/2008 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
08/07/2024 (Isabel Raval, Stephen Gray, Fliss Manning, Graham Finch, Anona Finch)

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