Cerambyx (Cerambyx) miles Bonelli, 1812

Cerambyx miles
[Photo © Udo Schmidt]

Cerambyx miles, a species very rare in warm regions of Central Europe and relatively common in entire Mediterranean region, Caucasus and Transcaucasia, has been described from Piemonte (Italy) by Franco Andrea Bonelli in 1812 [❖]. S. miles is in Central and Western Europe xerothermic species of oak, often grazing forests, forest-steppes, old gardens and abandoned orchards. Development under the bark and in the wood of living trees, especially oaks (but also other deciduous trees), the biology is similar to C. cerdo Linnaeus, 1758. Usually several generations develop in the same tree.

Body length:26 - 46 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:June - August
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees, prefers Quercus spp., but also in Carpinus, Prunus, Juglans, Fraxinus, Castanea, Malus, Crataegus etc.
Distribution:Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Sicily, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Czechia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland, Crimea, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon

The depicted mounted male beetle was captured in Mosor Mountains (Croatia) in summer 1975.

Collected by D.Netolitzky

Bonelli F.A.:
Specimen Faunae subalpinae sistens Insecta Pedemontanii hucusque inedita, aut rariora, aut ea quae commodi damnive gratia quod inferunt, prudentis agricolae magis interest cognoscere. Fasc. 1. Coleoptera plerumque inedita comprehendens.
Memorie della reale Società Agraria di Torino 9: 149-183, 1812. [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 91-92], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Özdikmen H. and Turgut S.:
On turkish Cerambyx Linnaeus, 1758 with zoogeographical remarks (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae).
Munis Entomology & Zoology 4 (2): 301-319, 2009. [download pdf icon]

Cerambyx miles
Cerambyx miles[Photo © Nikola Rahmé]
Cerambyx miles
Cerambyx miles[Photo © Nikola Rahmé]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCerambycini Latreille, 1804
GenusCerambyx Linnaeus, 1758
SubgenusCerambyx Linnaeus, 1758
SpeciesCerambyx (Cerambyx) miles Bonelli, 1812