Rose Chafer by naturelover

Green beetle on one of my Rises in the garden!
.Cetonia Aurata aka as the Rose chafers are capable of very fast flight; they do it with their wing cases down thus resembling a bumble bee. They feed on flowers, nectar and pollen, in particular roses (from where they get their name); which is where they can be found on warm sunny days, between May and June/July, occasionally to September
The cetonia aurata pulls the feets inside of the legs and push them out if it is needed.
The larvae are C–shaped, have a very firm wrinkled hairy body, a very small head and tiny legs; they move on their backs, which is a very quick way to identify them. Larvae overwinter wherever they have been feeding, that is in compost, manure, leafmould or rotting wood, and they pupate in June/July. Some adult beetles might emerge in the autumn, but the main emergence is in the spring when they mate. Following mating, the females lay their eggs in decaying organic matter, and then die. Larvae grow very fast, and before the end of autumn they would all have moulted twice. They have a two year life cycle.
Taken with an Olynpus E520 DSLR

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  • naturelover
    natureloverover 2 years ago

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 2 years ago

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 2 years ago

    WOW .. just stunning capture

  • Thank you so much Angel x

    – naturelover

  • michelmc
    michelmcover 2 years ago

    brilliant Pauline fabulous work

  • Really pleased you like it Michael,thanks loads x

    – naturelover

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 2 years ago

    Great macro!

  • You are very kind Rick,thanks so much x

    – naturelover

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 2 years ago

    wonderful capture Pauline x

  • Glad you like it Lissy.thank you so much x

    – naturelover

  • JonnisArt
    JonnisArtover 2 years ago

    Stunning work.

  • Thank you for your visit and lovely comment Jonni. x

    – naturelover

  • shiraz
    shirazover 2 years ago

    What a great colour…..super shot….!

  • Never seen one before, thank you so much x

    – naturelover

  • GardenJoy
    GardenJoyover 2 years ago

    Nice capture but hate those bugs.. the devour everything in site.

  • These aren’t as bad for the roses as Aphis, but prefer them to be bug free lol.thank you so much for the lovely comment x

    – naturelover

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey x

    – naturelover

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