Blun­der­ing vis­i­tor

Landscape (UK) - - In the Garden -

With a sur­pris­ing thud, an evening-fly­ing bug knocks into a lit win­dow. This clumsy flier is the May bug, also known as the doo­dle­bug, cockchafer or Bil­ly­witch. It is eas­ily recog­nis­able due to its fan-like an­ten­nae and wing case the colour of var­nished wood. Adults emerge from late April, and on May nights can be heard whirring nois­ily around the gar­den, where they are an im­por­tant source of prey for bats.

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