Asemum striatum (Linnaeus, 1758)

Subfamilia: SPONDYLIDINAE  /  Tribus: ASEMINI

black form of asemum striatum
Photo © M.Hoskovec

brown form of Asemum striatum
Photo © M.Hoskovec

Asemum striatum is a common European species developing in coniferous trees (Picea, Abies, Larix, but primarily in Pinus). Larvae feed subcortically, later in the hardwood of dead hosts. It is a crepuscular nocturnal species.

Body length:8 - 23 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:May - August
Host plant: polyphagous in coniferous trees
Distribution:cold and temperate West Palaearctics

The beetles in the pictures were collected in Stará Boleslav (Central Bohemia, Czech Republic) on a stump of a freshly felled pine tree.

Collected by M.Hoskovec.

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MH & MR © September 5, 2007