Arhopalus rusticus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Subfamilia: SPONDYLIDINAE  /  Tribus: ASEMINI

Arhopalus rusticus
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]


Arhopalus rusticus is a common species in pine forests of Europe and North Africa. It also develops in other coniferous tress (Picea, Abies, Larix) but Pinus is preferred. The larvae feed subcortically, later in hardwood of dead hosts. Adults are active during night and can be found on the hosts or sometimes they are attracted to the lights.

Body length:10 - 30 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:June - October
Host plant:pines (Pinus), rarely in other coniferous trees
Distribution:coniferous forests of West Palaearctics


The depicted beetle was collected in Star√° Boleslav (Central Bohemia, Czech Republic) on a stump of a freshly felled pine tree (Pinus sylvestris).

Collected by M.Hoskovec


Subfamilia: Spondylidinae Audinet-Serville, 1832
Tribus: Asemini Thomson, 1860
Genus: Arhopalus Audinet-Serville, 1834
Species: Arhopalus rusticus (Linnaeus, 1758)