Rose chafer larvae

Beetle grubs may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I’m always amazed by them. I was emptying out one of the large plastic flower pots in the garden and found ten large larvae of the rose chafer (Cetonia aurata).

Ten larvae of the rose chafer (Cetonia aurata)

We often get a few adults of this large and attractive beetle in the garden each year. They are particularly fond of the blossom on the rowan tree.

I moved all the larvae to a safe location in the “beetle bucket” (a bucket containing a mixture of wood chips and compost) at the bottom of the garden.

A close-up photograph of a rose chafer larva (Cetonia aurata)

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2 Responses to Rose chafer larvae

  1. Penny Vincent says:

    I found several large larvae in the compost I was changing in my bedding planters. They were approx 3cm long with a bulbous end, they had brown heads and 3 pairs of legs. The body was covered with brownish orange bristles, could these be Rose chafer larvae if not have you any idea what they are and if they are harmful if I allow them to develop in the compost heap ? Hoping you can help, Yours Penny

  2. Kieren says:

    They could be Rose Chafers, it’s really hard to offer any advice without either seeing them or knowing where in the world you live. That said, whatever they are, in my opinion it’s much better to let the larvae develop. Some will be eaten by other animals and others will make it to adulthood.

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