Nathrius brevipennis (Mulsant, 1839)
[= Leptidea brevipennis Mulsant, 1839]

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: PSEBIINI

Nathrius brevipennis
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing Michal Hoskovec]

This tiny Cerambycid seems to occur naturally only in South Europe, records from Central, Western and North Europe are probably based on introduced specimens (mostly with wickerwork articles). Larvae feed first under bark, later in the wood of thin branches and twigs in 2 year life-cycle. Pupation in spring in the wood.

Body length:3 - 6 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:April - August
Host plant:polyphagous in many taxa of deciduous trees (Castanea, Ficus, Ulmus, Juglans, Quercus, Amygdalus, Corylus, Salix, Pistacia, Robinia...)
Distribution:Europe, North Africa, Turkey, Kazakhstan

The depicted mounted beetle was reared from larva feeding in Amygdalus twig found in Senj (47 m a.s.l., Lika-Senj county, Croatia) on May 24, 2014.

Collected by David Navrátil

Sláma M.E.F. and Berger P.:
Contribution to the knowledge of the genus Nathrius Brethes, 1916, with the description of N. cypericus n. sp. from Cyprus (Coleoptera : Cerambycidae).
Biocosme Mésogéen 23 (2): 55-65, 2006 [download pdf icon]

Sláma M.E.F.:
Taxonomic remarks on some west-palaearctic longhorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) and description of a new subspecies.
Biocosme Mésogéen 32 (1-2): 33-50, 2015 [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusPsebiini Lacordaire, 1869
GenusNathrius Brèthes, 1916
SpeciesNathrius brevipennis (Mulsant, 1839)