Two cockchafers were encountered at a house in postal code RG19 4, on 19 April 2011. The one that flew in startled everyone, and I took these pictures just before we released it outside. The other was on a sill outside. Presumably the warm weather is encouraging a slightly early appearance.
Saw first one on Tue 19th April in Liss, Hampshire, GU33 7xx.
Last night (Thursday) Light was on outside for 20 minutes and 6 were attracted to it.
It seems early for cockchafers this year.
Hi all; new to this site.
I joined having saw a cockchafer for the first time this evening and I was fascinated by it.
It first flew into my garage attracted by the fluorescent light as it was dark at this time, gone 9pm. After a short while of buzzing around the light, the insect seemed to drop to the floor and tried to drag itself across the floor. Unfortunately the floor was covered in sawdust so I doubt this helped.
I took the opportunity, thinking it was dying, to set it onto a piece of card to take some photos. It seemed to be plucking up some energy after this so I put the card with the insect on at the bottom of the garden for the night, hopefully it will fly away.
I live in Cardiff in South Wales, postcode CF5 4 and spotted it this evening, 23rd April 2011.
Some photos attached...
I have more high quality photos of it if anybody is interested.