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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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15 May, 2010

Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha)

The Cockchafer is also known as the May Bug for good reason. As soon as we get to the middle May each year my moth trap fills up with these little beasts.

They are probably far more common than you realise as they are seldom seen. Occasionally one might fly in to a window with bit of thud or, if you have a window open, they might actually end up indoors as, like moths, they are certainly attracted to light.

They are not the most beautiful of creatures, in fact they are pretty ugly and I find it difficult to find anything to like about them!

I collect all those that end up in the moth trap (often 20 or so), put them in a box and take them a long way from the garden and deposit them. Their larvae are big, white 'slug' like things that do an enormous amount of damage to the roots of plants, especially trees, so we reckon the fewer we have in our garden the better.