Can you please identify this species of beetle? It was about 2 cm (or 0,8 inches) in size. Photo is from Greece, Europe.

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    $\begingroup$ Could you please add the (estimated) size of this beetle? $\endgroup$
    – Arsak
    Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 13:24
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    $\begingroup$ about 2 cm , 0,8 inches. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 13:41
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    $\begingroup$ It looks a bit like a Phyllopertha horticola (Garden Chafer, from Scarabaeidae), with the antenna hidden, but 2 cm is too large. It could be a related Scarab beelte though, or you are overestimating the size (which is common with insects, when you dont actually measure them). The picture is a bit dark to judge though. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 14:46
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    $\begingroup$ Definitely a scarab, likely Subfamily Cetoniinae. You should post an answer @fileunderwater $\endgroup$
    – Karl Kjer
    Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 20:19

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The insect in the Photo is a beetle (order Coleoptera), in the scarab family (family Scarabaeidae). It is most likely in the Genus Phyllophaga (June or May bugs) or Phyllopertha (garden chafers). Beetles such as this are commonly referred to as "Chafers" feeding on plant leaves and flowers during the day. One of the defining characteristics in the photo is the apparent "Hairiness" (setae) visible at the sides of the insect body. I am inclined to agree with the good observations expressed in the comments. It likely to be a garden chafer Phyllopertha horticola. Some helpful links are below.







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