Pogonocherus (Pityphilus) ovatus (Goeze, 1777)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: POGONOCHERINI
Pogonocherus ovatus
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

Pogonocherus ovatus belongs among rare species, as it is strictly linked to the remnants of the original stands of the silver fir (Abies alba), which is one of the disappearing tree species in Central and Western Europe. Larvae develop in thin dying twigs in the crowns of mature trees. Life-cycle one year. The species overwinters as adults that are hidden under bark scales in the lower parts of the host tree trunks. In winter, we can find them relatively easily by peeling the bark scales in suitable localities with an autochthonous occurrence of fir [▽][✮].

P. ovatus has been briefly described as Cerambyx ovatus by Johann August Ephraim Goeze in 1777 [▽].

Body length:3 - 6 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:whole year (overwintering as an adult)
Host plant:strongly prefers silver fir (Abies alba), but also reported in deciduous trees (Castanea, Ulmus, Corylus)
Distribution:Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czechis, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland

The depicted beetles were collected in Řevničov environs (Křivoklátsko Protected Landscape Area, Central Bohemia, Czechia) during winters 2020 and 2021.

Collected by Miroslav Polcar and M.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 [pages 292-293], 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 136-137], 2018. [download pdf icon]

Goeze J.A.E.:
Entomologische Beyträge zu des Ritter Linné zwölften Ausgabe des Natursystems.
Leipzig, Weidmanns Erben und Reich 1: v-xvi + 736pp, 1777. [download pdf icon]

Pogonocherus ovatus
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Pogonocherus ovatus
Pogonocherus ovatus
Pogonocherus ovatus
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]
Pogonocherus ovatus
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusPogonocherini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPogonocherus Dejean, 1821
SubgenusPityphilus Mulsant, 1862
SpeciesPogonocherus (Pityphilus) ovatus (Goeze, 1777)