Anaglyptus (Anaglyptus) mysticus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Anaglyptus mysticus
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]
Anaglyptus mysticus
[Photo © Udo Schmidt]

Anaglyptus mysticus, a remarkable European species widespread from Andalusia to Turkey, inhabits deciduous forests, forest steppes, abandoned orchards, old gardens and parks. The development of larvae and pupation of this extremely polyphagous longhorn beetle takes place in dead wood of plethora of deciduous trees and shrubs. Larvae can be found in stumps on broken branches, in trunks on scars without bark or in dead standing trees etc. Larvae of different generations often develop in the same wood for many years, until the wood is almost completely consumed and destroyed. Life cycle 2 and more years. Adults, active from late April to July, can be found on blossoming shrubs and trees (e.g. Crataegus, Cornus, Viburnum) or on logs, felled, broken or dead standing host trees [❖][✧].

Body length:8 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:April - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Fagus, Quercus, Alnus, Corylus, Carpinus, Ulmus, Juglans, Rosa, Crataegus, Malus, Prunus, Robinia, Acer, Euonymus, Salix, Tilia, Sambucus, etc.)
Distribution:Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Turkey

The depicted living beetles were beaten from blossoming hawthorn (Crataegus sp.) in Žloukovice village environs (Rakovník district, Central Bohemia, Czechia) on May 24, 2021 and May 12, 2022. The mounted specimen was collected in Kulmbach environs (Kulmbach district, Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany) in spring 1972.

Collected by Miroslav Polcar, Udo Schmidt and Michal Hoskovec

Sláma M.E.F.:
Tesaříkovití – Cerambycidae České republiky a Slovenské republiky / Cerambycidae of the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Milan Sláma private printing, Krhanice, 383pp [page 155], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Vitali F.:
Atlas of the Insects of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg: Coleoptera, Cerambycidae.
Ferrantia, Musée national d’histoire naturelle, Luxembourg 79: 1-208 [pages 56-58], 2018. [download pdf icon]

Anaglyptus mysticus
Anaglyptus mysticus
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]
Anaglyptus mysticus
Dark from of Anaglyptus mysticus, Hungary [Photo © Nikola Rahmé]
Anaglyptus mysticus
Anaglyptus mysticus
Anaglyptus mysticus
[Photo © Michal Hoskovec]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusAnaglyptini Lacordaire, 1869
GenusAnaglyptus Mulsant, 1839
SubgenusAnaglyptus Mulsant, 1839
SpeciesAnaglyptus (Anaglyptus) mysticus (Linnaeus, 1758)