Noble Chafer, Buckinghamshire

Noble Chafer, Buckinghamshire

Observation - Noble Chafer, Buckinghamshire - UK and Ireland. Description: Last year I got very excited when a photo was posted on iSpot showing a Noble Chafer larva: http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/170243 This turned out to be the first Buckinghamshire record for about 100 years, and led to the discovery of a previously unknow

Last year I got very excited when a photo was posted on iSpot showing a Noble Chafer larva:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/170243

This turned out to be the first Buckinghamshire record for about 100 years, and led to the discovery of a previously unknown population spread over several nearby sites.

Yesterday, Matt Dodds and colleagues re-visited the privately-owned orchard where the larva was first found, and managed to find the adult beetle! The photo above is Matt's, and I am posting it on his behalf (while gritting my teeth and trying not to be too jealous!). What a great insect.

For more info on Noble Chafer see the PTES site:
http://www.ptes.org/?page=170