Hoplia philanthus (Füessly, 1775)
Very similar to the much more common Garden Chafer, this is a much rarer Chafer at Sherwood Forest. It generally flies later than Garden Chafer and is easily mistaken for a worn example of the previous mentioned species. These Hoplia philanthus, were found at Sherwood Forest CP in early-mid July and then on Budby South Forest in early August 2009 and have actually proved to be the first Sherwood Forest NNR records that we know of. The larvae feed on the roots of various plants and grasses and adults can occasionally swarm in warm, favourable years.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Hoplia philanthus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Pauline Bradford. Tim Sexton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Pauline Bradford. Howard Williams. David Shaw.

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 January 2022

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