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Rose chafer

Cetonia aurata

Description:
This beetle is between 15 and 20 millimetres long. It is metallic green in colour with a golden sheen and has several white spots on its wing cases (elytra).

Habitat:
The rose chafer lives in gardens, parks and shrubby areas, and on the outskirts of forests across Europe. The larvae live in rotting wood.

Habits:
Rose chafers are capable of fast flight and fly with closed wing cases. Adults feed on pollen, nectar and fruit, and larvae feed on rotten fruit.

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