Rose Chafer

Cetonia aurata

About

The Rose Chafer is a large, broad beetle that is found in grassland, scrub and woodland edges. The adults feed on flowers, particularly dog roses, during the summer and autumn, and can be spotted in warm, sunny weather. The larvae feed on decaying leaves, plants and roots, living in the soil for several years as they develop. When they pupate, they hibernate in the soil or in rotting wood over winter, ready to emerge as adults the following spring.

How to identify

The Rose Chafer is metallic coppery-green with small, creamy-white streaks on its wing cases broad. It can be hard to distinguish from the rarer Cetonia cuprea, which is found in similar places.

Where to find it

Widespread, but scarce, in England and Wales.

Habitats

When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

Many of our commonly overlooked insects are actually important nutrient-recyclers in the habitats they live in. Minibeasts, such as the Rose Chafer, can be encouraged into the garden by the provision of logs, stone piles and compost heaps for them to hide, feed and breed in. In turn, other species will be attracted to the garden, as minibeasts are a food source for many animals, including mammals, birds and amphibians, providing a vital link in the food chain. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Rose Chafer
Latin name
Cetonia aurata
Category
Invertebrates
Beetles
Statistics
Length: 1.7cm
Conservation status
Common.