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Any of various plant-eating scarab beetles, such as the rose chafer.

[Middle English, a kind of beetle, from Old English ceafor.]


(Animals) any of various scarabaeid beetles, such as the cockchafer and rose chafer
[Old English ceafor; related to Old Saxon kevera, Old High German chevar]


(ˈtʃeɪ fər)

any of various scarab beetles that are pests of plants, as the cockchafer and rose chafer.
[before 1000; Middle English cheaffer, chaver, Old English ceofor; akin to Old Saxon, Middle Dutch kever, Old High German chevar(o)]


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The adults are recognisable as true beetles (Coleoptera) and there are six different chafers found in Britain currently.
Ye s t e r day, for the first time this year, the chafers, relatives of the dung beetle, descended on the racecourse in droves, showing a tendency to hover between grass and knee level, but also displaying a desire to perch on people, one of which, the Racing Post's betting editor Paul Kealy, had his neck chewed by a particularly aggressive pest.
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Windsor's Roll-Top Chafers are equipped with a Glide Hinge[TM] mechanism that makes opening and closing smooth and easy.
Others, such as European and masked chafers, are active at night, do not cause any feeding damage, but may be attracted to outdoor lights.
Many years ago, we had a tame little owl living in the garden,and one could always find him each evening on the ground beneath the security light crunching cock chafers in the manner of Gary Lineker crunching a well- known brand of crisps.
ADRIENNE SAYS: May bugs or cock chafers are a species of beetle that live in the soil.