Axinopalpis gracilis (Krynicki, 1832)
ssp. gracilis (Krynicki, 1832)

Axinopalpis gracilis gracilis
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

A broadly distributed nocturnal species (West Europe, West Caucasus, Near East, South of European part of the former Soviet Union). In Central Europe it is considered to be quite a rare species. It develops in tiny terminal dead twigs of a variety of deciduous trees. In our climatic conditions it prefers oak (Quercus spp.) and especially common walnut (Juglans regia). The larvae create relatively big pupal cells directly under the bark of the twigs. Axinopalpis gracilis is nocturnal species, but it can be beaten from leafs and twigs of host trees in daytime. Axinopalpis gracilis has been described from Charkov environs (Ukraine) as Obrium gracile by Johann Krynicki in 1832 [▽].

Body length:5 - 12 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:April - July
Host plant:polygophagous in deciduous trees (Quercus, Juglans, Ulmus, Cydonia, Prunus, Aesculus etc. [❖])
Distribution:West Europe, West Caucasus, Near East, South of European part of the former Soviet Union

The depicted beetles were collected in Kusín environs (Michalovce district, Košice region, Slovakia) on June 24, 2019 and in Bulhary environs (Břeclav district, South Moravia, Czechia) on June 22, 2017, respectively.

Collected by Daniel Rydzi

Krynicki J.:
Enumeratio Coleopterorum Rossiae meridionalis et praecipue in Universitatis Caesareae Charkoviensis circulo obvenientum, quae annorum 1827-1831 spatio observavit.
Bulletin de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 5: 65-179, 1832. [download pdf icon]

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 104-105], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Axinopalpis gracilis gracilis
Axinopalpis gracilis gracilis
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Axinopalpis gracilis gracilis
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusGraciliini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAxinopalpis Dejean, 1835
SpeciesAxinopalpis gracilis (Krynicki, 1832)
SubspeciesAxinopalpis gracilis gracilis (Krynicki, 1832)