TVERC Photo Challenge

Rose Chafer beetles © Dan Carpenter

This month’s Star Photographer is our very own Daniel Carpenter, who stumbled across two dazzling Rose Chafer beetles, Cetonia aurata, whilst out and about.

Approximately 20mm long, Rose Chafers are one of our larger beetles, flaunting an attractive emerald green and bronze outer casing. Upon closer inspection, these beetles are surprisingly furry and covered in tiny hairs!

Cetonia aurata is usually seen in on warm sunny days feeding on pollen and nectar.  Their favoured plant, as their name suggests, is the rose.

Have you seen any Rose Chafer beetles near you?

The aim of this new feature is to emphasize the seasonal changes we see throughout the year, and share the diversity of wildlife that is surrounding us each month.

Don’t forget to enter our June photo challenge! Post your photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #TVERCphotochallenge for a chance to be our Star Photographer of the Month and have your photo featured on our website! Alternatively, email it to us at tverc@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

We want to see all of your beautiful wildlife pictures!!