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.