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Common cockchafer

Observed: 28th April 2011 By: EdJannoo
Common cockchafer

This was observed on my balcony - rural location surrounded by arable farmland. It was on its back so I flipped it over and as it was in no hurry to leave I got my camera out and took some photos.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha) interacts


Sue Hendrie's picture

We had one too

in our bedroom the other night. It spent a couple of hours crashing into things, its flight sounding like a small motorbike. Quite a big beetle to get off the ground I suppose!

Sue Hendrie

EdJannoo's picture


Thanks for the identification. It's still sat there, wandering around a little but not much. I look forward to hearing it fly away later!

Have edited the observation to add the name :)

SorrelDendy's picture


I had no idea what is was it's been sitting on the steps up to my house for three days now. I don't know whether or not to shoo it away but looking at the pics of it in flight i'm stupidly scared to touch it.

anonymous spotter's picture

It's quite harmless -

although the larvae feed on plant roots. It's one of those that spends years as a larva before emerging for a relatively short adult life.