Garden Wildlife – 18/07/13

Had an interesting beetle in the garden today. Initially I thought it was a Cockchafer Melolontha melolontha, however the antennae and brown pronotum make this specimen a Summer Chafer Amphimallon solstitiale. A check on the National Biodiversity Network’s Gateway show this to potentially be the first record for Yorkshire, with the closest records coming from Lincolnshire.

Update. Probably the third record for East Yorkshire, with a further seven for Yorkshire. Thanks go to Barry Warrington for this information.

Summer Chafer - Amphimallon solstitialeSummer Chafer – Amphimallon solstitiale