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 in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 4 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map