Xylotrechus smei (Laporte de Castelnau et Gory, 1841)

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI
Xylotrechus smei
[Photo © F.Kovařík]

Xylotrechus smei (Laporte de Castelnau & Gory, 1841), a species of Oriental origin widespreading in Western Palaearctic during the last 30 years, was for a long time errorneously identified as Xylotrechus stebbingi Gahan, 1906. Whole story is well described in paper by Francesco Vitali [❖].

Body length:12 - 23 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees
Distribution:introduced to France, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Crete, Israel, Tunisia

The mounted beetles were reared from dead large diameter branch of Ficus carica. The branch was collected in Neo Ithilo (Lakoonia nomos, SW of Peloponnese, Greece) in May 1998. This record represented the first evidence of this introduced species' presence in continental Greece. The living specimen was reared from a dead walnut (Juglans regia) branch found near Githio (Lakoonia nomos, SW of Peloponnese, Greece).

Collected by M.Hoskovec

Vitali F.:
Xylotrechus smei (Castelnau & Gory, 1841): Its presence in Western Palaearctic region and description of the pupa (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).
Doriana 7 (340): 1-8, 2004. [download pdf icon]

Xylotrechus smei
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]
Xylotrechus smei
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Subfamilia: Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802
Tribus: Clytini Mulsant, 1839
Genus: Xylotrechus Chevrolat, 1860
Species: Xylotrechus smei (Laporte de Castelnau et Gory, 1841)