Cockchafer Melolontha melolontha (Linnaeus, 1758)
This is probably the largest beetle most people are ever likely to come across, although they are rarely seen. They are strongly attracted to light and frequently turn up at moth traps operated overnight or lighted windows. A member of the Scarabaeidae family, the Cockchafer is an imposing species and makes a loud buzzing noise in flight, but is totally harmless. The fan-like antennae are longer in males than females.

Adult Cockchafers eat leaves and flowers of a range of deciduous trees, plants and shrubs but the larvae can be serious pests of grasses and cereals, as they live in the soil and feed on roots. The Cockchafer occurs in a range of habitats including gardens and has declined in recent years.

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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Melolontha melolontha
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the are currently provided by the following contributors - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Tim Sexton. Meg Skinner. Wil Heeney. Sean Tobin.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated February 2017

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