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