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Observed: 17th October 2009 By: Donna Smith
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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i have no idea what this was, found it when digging a long un used garden.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha) interacts


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Looks very much like an image

Looks very much like an image added by David Howdon on 7th November which is named as a stag beetle larva. I don't know how to do links!


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This looks to me very much

This looks to me very much like what I and other gardeners refer to as cockchafer grubs and probably kill.

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David Howden's observation is at:

and the link I suggested to Maria Fremlin's website with information about beetle larvae is:

If this was found in the soil, and was away from any decaying wood, then the likelihood is that it is a chafer as suggested, but the larvae are quite hard to tell apart from the general appearance. Having said that, the colour of the head, the size of the spiracles (breathing holes at side of body) and the hairs at the tail end all look more like one of the chafers to me than stag or lesser stag.

I'm not sure that we can say it is Cockchafer for certain, there are some other chafer species that turn up in gardens (e.g. Summer Chafer, Amphimallon solstitialis) and they're not easy to tell apart.

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P.S. could you edit this observation and move it into the "Invertebrates" group, rather than "Other organisms", as more people may see it there.

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edited as requested, thanks everyone for the idenification, i found this when digging a garden that had been left alone for years. A few months earlier a confir tree had been removed but other than that it was effectively just an overgrown garden left to its own devices.