Garden Chafer

Phyllopertha horticolor


Body length 10 - 12mm. The head and thorax are shiny blackish green and the elytra are chestnut brown. The whole insect is very hairy and the antennae are three pronged.


Woodland edge, hedgerows and meadows. The larvae feed on grass roots and the adults on a variety of leaves.

Status and distribution

Can be fairly local but its distribution is widespread and adults can swarm to breed in sunny weather, so that the vegetation is dripping with them as they prepare to take their nuptial flights. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and occasionally seen at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to June.