Pseudosphegesthes cinerea (Castelnau & Gory, 1835)

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI
Pseudosphegesthes cinerea
[Photo © Ivo Jeniš]

Pseudosphegesthes cinerea is rare and also often overlooked European species with scattered populations accross South Europe. The larvae develop in the dead wood of branches and trunks of oak species (Quercus petraea, Quercus robur, Quercus ilex and Quercus pyrenaica), especially canopy branches. The adults, only very ocassionaly visiting flowers, are active from June to August.

Body length:9 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:oaks (Quercus spp.)
Distribution:Spain, France, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Crimea

The depicted beetles were reared from larvae collected in a dead oak branch (Quercus robur) in Hirzfelden (Alsace, France).

Collected by Ivo Jeniš and František Kovařík

Pseudosphegesthes cinerea
[Photo © Fratišek Kovařík]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusClytini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPseudosphegesthes Reitter, 1912
SpeciesPseudosphegesthes cinerea (Castelnau & Gory, 1835)