National Insect Week returns in 2020
Cetonia aurata - (family Scarabaeidae)
This typically metallic-green chafer is on the wing – rather noisily – in midsummer, and is usually seen feeding on flowers. This species is restricted to southern areas of Britain and is not found north of the English Midlands, though a similar bronze-coloured relative is found in Scotland. The larvae live in decaying plant material such as compost, peat and rotten wood.