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Apr 22, 2011 8:00 AM

Early Cockchafers

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.

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    Apr 22, 2011 8:15 AM (in response to KevinS5)
    Re: Early Cockchafers
    I had the first cockchafer in my moth trap on the 17th April.  I haven't checked the trap this morning yet but I wouldn't be surprised to find another!  I have also been getting more Nicrophorus humator than usual - four so far this year, they started to appear when I put the trap on in late March.
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    Apr 23, 2011 10:36 PM (in response to KevinS5)
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    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.

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    Apr 24, 2011 9:16 AM (in response to KevinS5)
    Re: Early Cockchafers
    This period of fine weather has forced an early showing from flowers and inverts. Hawthorn (otherwise known as 'May') is out already and could well be mostly over by May. Have not seen a Cockchafer myself this year (but my moth trap has not had an outing yet) but have had several reported observations. First queen Hornet though yesterday, which is just about a month early. Better get out there quick, or spring will be over.
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    Apr 25, 2011 12:45 PM (in response to KevinS5)
    Re: Early Cockchafers
    Saw one on Easter Sunday (24/04/11)in ME13 postcode.
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