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Rose chafer

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.

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