Cerambyx (Cerambyx) nodulosus Germar, 1817
ssp. nodulosus Germar, 1817

Cerambyx nodulosus nodulosus
[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov]

Cerambyx nodulosus, a species occuring in South-East Europe, Caucasus/Tramcaucaia, Turkey, and Near East, has been described from Dalmatia by Ernst Friedrich Germar in 1817 [▽]. Larvae of C. nodulosus develop in living or moribund trees, so the species can therefore be regarded as a physiological pest. Larvae expel large quantities of well visible sawdust which can serve as a hallmark to locate attacked trees. The adults are active during the day but are very difficult to find. In SE Bulgaria even very small, stunted Crataegus shrubs growing on sandy soils of the Black Sea coastal region serve as hosts of this remarkable insect.

A subspecies of C. nodulosus, C. nodulosus hermoniacus, has been described by Milan E.F. Sláma (according to specimens found by him in Mount Hermon environs, Syria) in 2015 [✱].

Body length:29 – 46 mm
Life cycle:3 years
Adults in:May - September
Host plant:polyphagous in fruit and ornamental trees or brushes (Prunus, Pyrus, Malus, Crataegus etc.)
Distribution:Italy, Malta, Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, European Turkey, Romania, Crimea, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Turkey, Syria

The depicted mounted beetles were collected in Anapa environs (Krasnodar krai, Southern Federal District, Russia).

Collected by Alexander I. Miroshnikov

Germar E.F.:
Reise nach Dalmatien und in das Gebiet von Ragusa.
Leipzig, Brockhaus i-xii + 323 pp, 1817. [download pdf icon]

Sláma M.E.F.:
Descriptions of new taxa from Europe and Southwest Asia (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Humanity space - International Almanac 4 (5): 1120-1133, 2015. [download pdf icon]

Cerambyx nodulosus nodulosus
Cerambyx nodulosus nodulosus
[Photo © Nikola Rahmé]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCerambycini Latreille, 1804
GenusCerambyx Linnaeus, 1758
SubgenusCerambyx Linnaeus, 1758
SpeciesCerambyx (Cerambyx) nodulosus Germar, 1817
SubspeciesCerambyx (Cerambyx) nodulosus nodulosus Germar, 1817