Xylotrechus (Xylotrechus) antilope (Schönherr, 1817)
ssp. antilope (Schönherr, 1817)

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI
Xylotrechus antilope antilope
[Photo © David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

In Central Europe is Xylotrechus antilope a relatively abundant species in oak forests at lower altitudes, in mid-altitudes occurs only in xerothermic locations with residues of acidophilous oak-dominated woodland. Development in deciduous trees with strong preferrence of oak (Quercus ssp.). Larvae feed under the bark and in the dead wood of branches and trunks (see galleries in oak wood). Life-cycle 2 years with pupation in spring in the wood or in the bark. Adults, active from May to August, can be found on oak logs, fallen/felled trees or dead/dying standing host trees [▽].

Body length:7 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - August
Host plant:prefers oaks (Quercus spp.), occasionaliy in beech (Fagus sylvatica) and birch (Betula spp.)
Distribution:Europe, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, North Africa, Near East, Iran

The mounted beetles were collected in: ♂ - Pouzdřany environs (Břeclav district, South Moravia, Czechia) on June 18, 1994; ♀ - Jaroslav game reserve near Dobříkov (Ústí nad Orlicí district, Pardubice Region, Eastern Bohemia, Czechia) on July 2, 2006. The depicted living beetle was reared from larva found in a dead oak (Quercus sp.) in Křivoklátsko Protected Landscape Area (Central Bohemia, Czechia) in winter 2021.

Collected by Michal Hoskovec, David Navrátil and Miroslav Polcar

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 160-161], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Xylotrechus antilope antilope
Xylotrechus antilope antilope
Xylotrechus antilope antilope
Xylotrechus antilope antilope
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]
Xylotrechus antilope antilope
Xylotrechus antilope antilope
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

The depicted beetles were photographed in Boří les (Valtice environs, Břeclav district, South Moravia, Czechia) on May 26, 2018 and in Soutok game reserve (Břeclav district, South Moravia, Czechia) on May 10, 2020, respectively.

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusClytini Mulsant, 1839
GenusXylotrechus Chevrolat, 1860
SubgenusXylotrechus Chevrolat, 1860
SpeciesXylotrechus antilope (Schönherr, 1817)
SpeciesXylotrechus (Xylotrechus) antilope antilope (Schönherr, 1817)