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wondering if anybody knows what this is? About an inch long.
Sorry about the poor picture. He refused to stand still to have his photograph taken.
His wing cases looked like a brown nut and he had large, pink fan-like appendages on his antennae.
Very fluffy grey thorax/underside.
Probably very common! He flew away when he became bored.
It is a cockchafer, also known as a 'May bug';
probably the common cockchafer, Melolontha melolontha.
Yes - common.
thanks Mike. for some reason it looked quite exotic to me; polished, acorn-like wing cases and pink protrudances which looked more like something off a cooked crustacean. i had thought may bugs to be darker and less fancy.
i'll find something rare one day...