BASKING BEE BEETLES

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild June -

Glit­ter­ing in warm June sun­shine, these metal­lic-green beetles love to bask on gar­den roses and hedgerow dog roses. You may spot them on other flow­ers too, much to the cha­grin of gar­den­ers who can’t for­give their leaf munch­ing. Chafers make heavy work of fly­ing and af­ter dark of­ten buzz around porch and se­cu­rity lights. Un­like most beetles, they fly with their wing-cases ly­ing flat – the flight wings flick out from un­der­neath.

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