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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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29 May, 2015

Summer Chafer: a fly by night species | Nature Notes from Dorset

The summer chafer (Amphimallon solstitiale) is similar in appearance in many ways to its cousin, the cock-chafer. It is, however, much smaller being about half the size of the cock chafer. The cock-chafer is known as the May bug as it flies mainly in May but the summer chafer flies in June and July so it is not hard to work out why it is called the summer chafer! Although nocturnal they are attracted to light and you may find one indoors if you have the light on and a window open. If you do have one in you home they are harmless and do not bite!

Read more: Summer Chafer: a fly by night species | Nature Notes from Dorset