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Gnorimus nobilis

Gnorimus nobilis

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Subclassis: Pterygota
Divisio: Neoptera
Subdivisio: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Scarabaeiformia
Superfamilia: Scarabaeoidea
Familia: Scarabaeidae
Subfamilia: Cetoniinae
Tribus: Trichiini
Genus: Gnorimus
Species: Gnorimus nobilis


Gnorimus nobilis Linnaeus, 1758

Vernacular names
Česky: Zdobenec zelenavý
English: Noble chafer
Русский: Зелёный пестряк

The noble chafer (Gnorimus nobilis) is a green beetle with a metallic sheen. It spends much of its life as a grub, living in the rotting wood of aging fruit trees. It reaches adulthood in its second summer, and crawls out to breed and feed on flowers such as 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 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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