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Subject: WTb
Location: North West England
May 3, 2014 3:01 pm
Hi Bugman
My husband and I are sat out in our garden at approx 10pm in Thelwall, Warrington, England, United Kingdom and have spotted this interesting looking beetle which appears to have been attracted to our outdoor lamp. Having researched beetle with long eye lashes we came across your website and found a similar looking beetle called the cedar beetle although we noticed this originates from Australia. So…WTFB?
Thanks
Sarah
Signature: S&B

Cockchafer

Cockchafer

Hi S&B,
We recall reading once that Cockchafers, like the one you photographed, were more common in England in years past than they are now.  According to UK Safari:  “Cockchafers are sometimes called ‘May Bugs’ because of the month they appear.  In Suffolk they’re also known as ‘Billy Witches’.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: England

2 Responses to Cockchafer from England

  1. Dave says:

    And of course they’re edible, as Vincent Holt mentioned in his landmark 1885 book, “Why Not Eat Insects?”

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