Pogonocherus (Pityphilus) ovatus (Goeze, 1777)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: POGONOCHERINI
Pogonocherus ovatus
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]

Pogonocherus ovatus belongs among rare species, as it is strictly linked to the remnants of the original stands of the silver fir (Abies alba), which is one of the disappearing tree species in Central and Western Europe. Larvae develop in thin dying twigs in the crowns of mature trees. Life-cycle one year. The species overwinters as adults that are hidden under bark scales in the lower parts of the host tree trunks. In winter, we can find them relatively easily by peeling the bark scales in suitable localities with an autochthonous occurrence of fir.

Body length:3 - 6 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:whole year (overwintering as an adult)
Host plant:strongly prefers silver fir (Abies alba), but also reported in deciduous trees (Castanea, Ulmus, Corylus)
Distribution:Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czechis, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland

The depicted beetles were collected in Křivoklátsko Protected Landscape Area (Central Bohemia, Czechia).

Collected by Miroslav Polcar and M.Hoskovec

Pogonocherus ovatus
Pogonocherus ovatus
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusPogonocherini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPogonocherus Dejean, 1821
SubgenusPityphilus Mulsant, 1862
SpeciesPogonocherus (Pityphilus) ovatus (Goeze, 1777)