Psapharochrus jaspideus (Germar, 1824)
[= Acanthoderes jaspideus
/ Tribus: ACANTHODERINI
[Photo © P.Jelínek]
Psapharochrus jaspideus, well known and in West hemisphere widely distributed Neo-tropical species of Acanthoderini tribe (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay), was with high probability unwittingly introduced to Azores with tropical timber [❖]. The species, known also under Spanish name "Taladro jaspeado", is reported as a serious pest in plantations of Schizolobium parahybum and Persea americana in Central and South America.
|Body length:||12 - 16 mm|
|Life cycle:||2 years [?]|
|Adults in:||April - July|
|Host plant:||polyphagous in deciduous trees|
|Distribution:||Neotropical species, introduced to Azores|
Reared from larva found by our friend Ladislav Karaus in Ponta Delgada environs (São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal).
Borges P.A.V., Reut M., da Ponte N.B., Quartau J.A., Fletcher M., Sousa A.B., Pollet M., Soares A.O., Marcelino J.A.P., Rego C. and Cardoso P.:
New records of exotic spiders and insects to the Azores, and new data on recently introduced species.
Arquipelago - Life and Marine Sciences 30
: 57-70, 2013.
Subfamilia: Lamiinae Latreille, 1825
Tribus: Acanthoderini Thomson, 1860
Genus: Psapharochrus Thomson, 1864
Species: Psapharochrus jaspideus (Germar, 1824)