I have this flying beetle that seems to be flying around my garden but loves the corner of my roof.
It has a black head and bronze coloured wings. You can see it from the pictures. Where they are by the roof is by my childrens window.
I wonder if this is a garden chafer http://www.uksafari.com/gardenchafers.htm if you post it in the beetles section http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/community/identification/bug-forum/beetles someone with more experience may be able to help,
I am sure its the Summer Chafer (good spot emg) it often swarms but is short lived
Hmm, I think I disagree, Steve. The second and third in my opinion are garden chafers, Phyllopertha horticola. They are too dark and short bodied for an Amphimallon. The first seems to be a different individual, correct, phinic? If so, I am inclined to think it is a species of Hoplia (long legs, long claws), maybe H. philanthus, the Welsh Chafer.
All 3 pictures are of the same species. The one with lack of legs was found dead in the childrens room.
Are these harmful, how do I get rid of them and why do they swarm around the roof area?
Regardlees of specific species they are pretty harmless unless you nead a spotless lawn the adults do no harm the larvae love grass roots and possibly your veg patch The adults are swarming looking for mates they do not last more than 2 weeks and then die