Also called the ‘Bracken Chafer’, it has a shiny green or black head and thorax, and the elytra is light brown or deep chestnut in colour. Length 7 to 12mm.
The larvae feed on the roots of grasses, including cereals, whilst the adults can cause damage to apple and pear trees by chewing their buds.
Seen May to June, and found in gardens, and many other habitats like hedgerows and woodland rides. Common and widespread throughout.
May 2014, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014.