Common Cockchafer


Melolontha melolontha – Another beetle visitor, a large one, found resting on my garage wall, attracted to the light. These can be quite docile when they are not whizzing around the tree canopies, and they love to grip your finger or thumb like a big superglue hug. You have to be gentle with them when handling them. Double-click images to enlarge.


Common Cockchafer Melolontha melolontha

Common Cockchafer Melolontha melolontha

Common Cockchafer Melolontha melolontha

© Peter Hillman ♦ 10th May 2020 ♦ rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


14 thoughts on “Common Cockchafer

  1. From your description and the flamboyant antennae, this reminds me very much of what we in the northern US commonly call June Bugs, though a more proper term for them is May Beetle (go figure!), belonging to the genus Phyllophaga. The coloration is quite different, though, as ours are a shiny chestnut brown.

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