What just landed on my washing?!
That looks like a very handsome Rose chafer http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/species/rose-chafer
A glorious thing, and not common enough to cause a problem, in my experience. Enjoy
Thanks Dove. We only saw one for the first time 2 days ago. Can't believe another one has appeared. It is currently still sitting on a pair of pants, and not a rose!
There's no accounting for individual taste ......... perhaps the rose chafer should be re-named?
My experience of them is as a serious pest on my flowering cherry. (Though that is in the Rose family) Every spring the leaves were turned to lace and the flower buds chewed off and these pretty shiny beetles were always lurking somewhere in the ruins.
The bird feeders worked though and the tree is untouched by them nowadays!