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Just call me Green

Posted by
Spike (not Bristol, United Kingdom) on 3 June 2011 in Animal & Insect.

Another of the countless beetles on cow parsley. This one was just sitting, chilling. Possibly literally chilling, as the temperature was dropping at the time. Luckily, the wind dropped for a moment or two as well, so I was only really inconvenienced by the brambles and nettles while trying to take this.


My best guess for IDing this one was that it's a Margined Vine Chafer Anomala dubia; but given my (cough!) record of accuracy in these matters, it's far more likely to be a Garden Chafer (aka Bracken Chafer or June Beetle). Thanks, Daniela! ;-) Either way, you don't want it laying eggs in your lawn!

Thanks for stopping to take a look.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Nice selective focus and macro.

3 Jun 2011 8:16am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Excellent macro Spike! I think it is Phyllopertha horticola, in germany we call him also the june beetle.

3 Jun 2011 10:14am

@daniela scharnowski: You could well be right. They seem to be closely related species, despite the wildly differing names, and I think both are common enough here. In whatever photos I was looking at, the Anomala was a marginally closer match, but I've just seen others where it's the other way. BTW, is it just me, or does "Anomala dubia" seem like a joke name? (my Latin is practically non-existent, but it seems to say "uncertain anomaly")

CheekyMummy from Prescott, United States

We call them the June Beetle here as well, though we don't see many of them in Arizona. Great detail and look at the colors. Amazing how beautiful a bug can be if one takes the time to look closely.

3 Jun 2011 12:25pm

skarlet from kerman, Iran

oh! how can you find these things..??!
nice composition!

3 Jun 2011 7:14pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

haha, indeed the anomala dubia sounds like a biologist´s joke ;) the shots I´ve seen now from that species does look as if the brown wings/shield are more round and much more pale. I was so quick witgh the name from this because I´ve found that beetle many times in our garden - it likes to eat the petals of flowers, so beware ;)

3 Jun 2011 7:41pm

José Carlos Caria from Lisbon, Portugal

Fantastic detail Very well done. Congrats

3 Jun 2011 11:56pm