Noble chafer

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Noble chafer
Gnorimus nobilis side.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Cetoniinae
Genus: Gnorimus
Species: G. nobilis
Binomial name
Gnorimus nobilis
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The noble chafer (Gnorimus nobilis) is a green beetle with a metallic sheen. It spends most of its life as a grub, living in the rotting wood of aging fruit trees. It reaches adulthood in its second summer, and comes out to breed and feed on flowers such as common hogweed, before dying in the early autumn. The adult tends to be found high up in the trees, in old pruned wood or woodpecker holes.

So little is known about the noble chafer that conservationists are unsure exactly how many are left. Noble chafers are most often seen on warm sunny days between July and August. The beetle has been losing its habitat, and its populations shrinking, for more than a century. The beetle has been recently seen at a handful of sites in the old English fruit-growing regions of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

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