Batocera rufomaculata (DeGeer, 1775)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: BATOCERINI
Batocera rufomaculata
[Photo © Udo Schmidt]

Batocera rufomaculata, a striking large longhorn beetle originally from the Oriental region (today introduced to almost all warm regions of the Old and New World), has been described from India as Cerambyx rufomaculatus by Carl Degeer in 1775 [▽]. The larvae of this species, called also "mango stem borer", develop in plethora of living broadleaf trees. B. rufomaculata belongs both in the area of its original occurrence and in the countries where it was introduced to the serious orchard pests in many of fruit trees (fig, mango, papaya, walnut, jackfruit etc.).

Body length:24 - 60 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:March - November (depends on region)
Host plant:polyphagous in broadleaf trees (in Palaearctic region known e.g. from Ficus carica, Carica papaya, Mangifera indica, Juglans regia)
Distribution:Oriental region, introduced to Mediterranean region (Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey), Arabian Peninsula (Oman, Yemen), Africa and Central America

Depicted mounted beetle was collected in Bentota environs (Galle district, Southern province, Sri Lanka) on May 20, 1980. The living beetle was collected in Wadi Darbat N of Taqah (160 m a.s.l., Dhofar province, Oman) on April 11, 2013.

Collected by our friends Udo Schmidt and Pavel Kučera.

Degeer C.:
Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire des insectes.
Stockholm, Imprimerie Pierre Hesselberg 5: v + 448pp, 1775. [download pdf icon]

Batocera rufomaculata
Batocera rufomaculata
[Photo © Pavel Kučera]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusBatocerini Lacordaire, 1869
GenusBatocera Laporte de Castelnau, 1840
SpeciesBatocera rufomaculata (DeGeer, 1775)