Yes, chafers have a common name: chafers.

If the referee doesn’t know, then I wonder why he was chosen as a referee.




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Subject: Native English speakers: seeking for an alternative expression as common name for chafers (Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae)


Hi All,


in a quite prominent biological journal I used the term "chafers" ["We studied species limits in southern African chafers (Scarabaeidae: Sericini)..."], but referees asked me: "What are chafers? Do they have a common name (I know they are beetles, but many readers will not)."

So, does anyone of you have a better idea? Maybe "May beetles"?