Pseudosphegesthes cinerea (Castelnau et Gory, 1835)

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI

Pseudosphegesthes cinerea
[Photo © F.Kovařík]

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 our friend Ladislav Karaus

Pseudosphegesthes cinerea
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Clytini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Pseudosphegesthes Reitter, 1912
Species: Pseudosphegesthes cinerea (Castelnau et Gory, 1835)