Follow us on our journey to create a wildlife friendly school garden that stimulates the imagination and helps the pupils to explore and learn about the wonders of nature
Sunday, 12 June 2011
The Rose Chafer
Recently Pete and I were buzzed by a quite large exotic looking irridescent green 'thing' which whizzed around our heads several times and then crash landed into one of the garden beds. First impressions were something like a Egyptian Scarab beetle but we managed to catch the insect and put it into a small pot for identification. It was found to be a Rose Chafer. This is a very local species found only along the South coast of Britain , but widely across Europe. The larvae behave like earthworms creating compost from vegetable matter as they move around under the soil. All in all a useful species to have around.