Thu, May 21, 2009 at 10:42 AM
I’m not here to ask what this is, I’m pretty sure of what it is having found your wonderful site but I did think you might appreciate a couple of pictures. I found this emerald coloured Rain Beetle in my back garden and took plenty of photos before it flew away.
Corfe Mullen, Dorset
Your beautiful Scarab Beetle is actually a Rose Chafer, Cetonia aurata. According to the UK Safari website: is “Found throughout the UK, although thought to be declining in numbers. Months seen: May to October.” The website also indicates: “The rose chafer is one of our larger and more attractive beetles. The upper surfaces are an iridescent emerald green and bronze colour. The underside is a bronze colour. There are ragged white marks running widthways across the wing casings which look like fine cracks. Rose chafers are usually seen in sunny weather feeding on the petals of flowers – especially roses. ”