Clytus lama Mulsant, 1847

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI
Clytus lama
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]
Clytus lama
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Clytus lama is relatively common European longhorn beetle, mainly occuring in mountain and sub-mountain coniferous forests. The larval development of this species takes place under the bark and in the wood of dead conifers (Picea, Abies, rarely in Larix). Life-cycle 2 years with pupation in spring in the wood in the hook-shaped pupal cell (see galleries in the fir wood).

Body length:7 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:polyphagous in coniferous trees (Picea, Abies, Larix)
Distribution: Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Corsica, Croatia, Czechia (Bohemia, Moravia), France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine

The mounted specimen was reared from larva collected in dead European silver fir (Abies alba) found in Úpoř creek valley (Central Bohemia, Czechia). The depicted living beetle was reared from larva found in a dead Norway spruce (Picea abies) in Křivoklátsko Protected Landscape Area (Central Bohemia, Czechia) in winter 2021.

Collected by M. Hoskovec and Miroslav Polcar

Clytus lama
Clytus lama
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Clytini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Clytus Laicharting, 1784
Species: Clytus lama Mulsant, 1847