© Stuart M Bennett 2000
Phyllopertha horticola
(The Garden Chafer)

The Garden Chafer is the smaller relative of the Cockchafer or May Bug. The thorax is sometimes almost black but is usually green. The elytra sometimes have green or blue iridescence. Adults abound in late June, when they chew the leaves of numerous plants and cause much damage to fruit trees. The larvae are like those of the cockchafer and they have the same habits, but they complete their life cycle in one year.

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