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There are loads of chafers flying at the moment at dusk. The noctule bats are going crazy for them.
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It's too late now for cockchafers, and summer chafer does not show such a dark thorax.
Just noticed the date of the photo - so it could have been a cockchafer! However, the rounded shape looks much more like garden chafer. These normally show a glossy green thorax, but not necessarily in photos.
thanks, the id book i've got had the garden chafer in it though was thinking the same about the green thorax.
I'm going to have to disagree on this one, I think it is the "Welsh Chafer", Hoplia philanthus. The general shape and colour looks right for Hoplia, and it has a short, scale-like covering on its body, rather than the longer hairs of Phyllopertha. Also, I think you can see a hint of the blue scales on the underside of the body. The tip of the abdomen points downwards, giving the hind end a 'squared'off' shape. If we could see the hind leg it should have just a sinle claw (two claws in Phyllopertha).
I don't see Welsh Chafer as often as some of the other chafers, but it is described as "locally common in England and Wales".
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Oops! Looks like I jumped in too quick here - I've never heard of a Welsh chafer so must defer to Martin's superior knowledge and remove my "spot-on". Sorry squirrel and Mike.
Lat/Lng: 51.4, -2.7
OS grid ref: ST5471