Garden Chafer Phyllopertha horticola (Linnaeus, 1758)
The Garden Chafer is found over most of Nottinghamshire, but seems particularly abundant on sandy soils. Around the Mansfield area, it has become a considerable pest of lawns in the past 20 years, when hundreds of adult beetles can sometimes be found within a few square metres of short grass. The larvae feed underground on the roots of grasses.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Phyllopertha horticola
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Pauline Bradford. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. David Shaw.  Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. David Shaw. K N A Alexander (Invertebrate assemblage condition at Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI and Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI survey reports 2009-10). Meg Skinner. Darren Matthews. Sean Tobin. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Philip Burnham. Howard Williams. Richard Davidson. Rob Johnson. Meg Skinner. Peter Acton. NBGRC. Brian Wetton.

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Updated January 2024

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