Psapharochrus jaspideus (Germar, 1824)
[= Acanthoderes jaspideus (Germar, 1824)]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: ACANTHODERINI
Acanthoderes jaspideus
[Photo © P.Jelínek & M.Hoskovec]

Psapharochrus jaspideus, well known and in West hemisphere widely distributed Neo-tropical species of Acanthoderini tribe (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay), was with high probability unwittingly introduced to Azores with tropical timber [❖]. The species, known also under Spanish name "Taladro jaspeado", is reported as a serious pest in plantations of Schizolobium parahybum and Persea americana in Central and South America.

Body length:12 - 16 mm
Life cycle:2 years [?]
Adults in:April - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees
Distribution:Neotropical species, introduced to Azores

Reared from larva found by our friend Ladislav Karaus in Ponta Delgada environs (São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal).

Borges P.A.V., Reut M., da Ponte N.B., Quartau J.A., Fletcher M., Sousa A.B., Pollet M., Soares A.O., Marcelino J.A.P., Rego C. and Cardoso P.:
New records of exotic spiders and insects to the Azores, and new data on recently introduced species.
Arquipelago - Life and Marine Sciences 30: 57-70, 2013. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAcanthoderini Thomson, 1860
GenusPsapharochrus Thomson, 1864
SubgenusPsapharochrus jaspideus (Germar, 1824)