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Rose Chafer Beetle

A rose chafer beetle, Cetonia aurata (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) on a white dead nettle (Lamium album).  A fairly large beetle, about 2cm long, it flew off with whirring wings, rather like a female stag beetle would.  For more details also see this page at the Natural History Museum.

Photo taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2011-04-25.

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