Anoplodera rufipes (Schaller, 1783)
[= Leptura rufipes Schaller, 1783]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI

Anoplodera rufipes
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Anoplodera rufipes
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

According to Rejzek and Rébl (1999) the biology of Anoplodera rufipes resembles to some extent that of Pedostrangalia revestita and Anisarthron barbipes and larvae of these three species frequently occur together. The host plant of Anoplodera rufipes is mainly oak in Central Europe. Larvae of this species feed in dead red-brown and relatively moist wood in close contact with living tissue, such as the bases of dead branches surrounded by living callus. Later-instar larvae penetrate into the drier part of the dead substrate more distal to the living tissue where they also pupate. This area of the larval substrate differs visibly from the moist wood in its fungal infestation, and is consequently of a different colour; usually yellow white. The pupal cell generally lies near the surface of the dead wood, and as a result, the freshly hatched beetle needs to make only a short exit gallery. On the contrary, the entire development of Pedostrangalia revestita, including pupation, takes place in the moist red-brown substrate, frequently deep behind the living tissue, and the adult exit gallery is, usually, therefore substantially longer. Moreover, in the case of Pedostrangalia revestita the pupal cell as well as the larval galleries are filled with long red wood fibres created by the larvae. Larvae of Anoplodera rufipes never create these fibres.

Body length:7 - 12 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - June
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus...)
Distribution:Europe, Caucasus, Turkey, Iran

The depicted beetles were collected on flowers in Broumy (Central Bohemia, Czech Republic).

Collected by M.Hoskovec

Rejzek M., Rébl K.:
Cerambycidae of Křivoklátsko Biosphere Reserve (Central Bohemia) (Insecta: Coleoptera).
Mitteilungen des Internationalen Entomologischen Vereins e. V., Frankfurt a. Main, Supplement VI: 1–69, 1999.

Anoplodera rufipes
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Subfamilia: Lepturinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Lepturini Latreille, 1802
Genus: Anoplodera Mulsant, 1839
Species: Anoplodera rufipes (Schaller, 1783)