Mesosa (Mesosa) curculionoides (Linnaeus, 1761)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: MESOSINI
Mesosa curculionoides
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

This species develops under the bark of dead trunks of a variety of deciduous trees creating a pupal cell directly under the bark. Quercus is frequently the preferred host.

Body length:10 - 17 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:April - August
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus, Castanea, Carpinus, Juglans, Tilia, Corylus, Ulmus, Prunus etc.)
Distribution:Europe, Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Turkey

The depicted beetle weas found on a dead walnut (Juglans regia) in Perivoli (Corfu Island, Greece).

Collected by M.Hoskovec

Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Mesosini Thomson, 1860
Genus: Mesosa Latreille, 1829
Subgenus: Mesosa Latreille, 1829
Species: Mesosa (Mesosa) curculionoides (Linnaeus, 1761)