Cerambyx (Cerambyx) carinatus Küster, 1845

Cerambyx carinatus
[Photo © Udo Schmidt]

Cerambyx carinatus, a thermophilic species occuring in South and South-Eastern Europe, has been described from Dalmatia as Hammaticherus carinatus by Heinrich Carl Küster in 1845 [▽]. The species often inhabits unmaintained orchards and gardens, where its larvae develop in fruit trees (prefers Prunus, but also attacks Pyrus, Malus or Ceratonia). Life-cycle at least two years. Adults can be found on the host trees and sometimes also on blossoming trees such as Sorbus, they are also attracted by light.

Body length:30 - 45 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:Prunus, Pyrus, Malus, Ceratonia
Distribution:Albania[✱], Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Crete, Croatia, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey

The mounted male beetle was captured in Zadar environs (Zadar county, Croatia) in summer 1966. The living beetles were photographed in Smokvica Krmpotska environs (Novi Vinodolski municipality, Primorje-Gorski Kotar county, Croatian Littoral region, Croatia) on on June 27, 2018.

Collected by Peter Schurmann and Nikola Rahmé

Küster H.C.:
Die Käfer Europa's. Nach der Natur beschrieben. Mit Beiträgen mehrerer Entomologen.
Nürnberg, Bauer & Raspe 2: № 1-100, 1845. [download pdf icon]

Kovács T.:
Three longhorn beetles new to the fauna of Albania (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Folia Historico-Naturalia Musei Matraensis 39: 53-54, 2015. [download pdf icon]

Cerambyx carinatus
Cerambyx (Cerambyx) carinatus[Photo © Nikola Rahmé]
Cerambyx carinatus
Cerambyx carinatus
Cerambyx (Cerambyx) carinatus[Photo © Nikola Rahmé]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCerambycini Latreille, 1804
GenusCerambyx Linnaeus, 1758
SubgenusCerambyx Linnaeus, 1758
SpeciesCerambyx (Cerambyx) carinatus Küster, 1845