Clytus (Clytus) arietis (Linnaeus, 1758)
ssp. arietis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Subfamilia: CERAMBYCINAE  /  Tribus: CLYTINI
Clytus arietis arietis

[Photo © Udo Schmidt and David Navrátil, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Clytus arietis is one of the most common European longhorn beetles. Larvae of this broadly polyphagous species feed in dead branches and trunks of plethora of broadleaf trees and bushes, exceptionally of junipers. Pupation occurs in the wood in autumn or in spring. Adults can be found on white flowers or fallen stems from April to July. C. arietis regularly emerge from firewood and can be found on the walls of woodsheds or houses even in winter [▽][★].

Body length:6 - 15 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:April - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees, occasionally in conifers (Quercus, Fagus, Carpinus, Robinia pseudoakacia, Salix, Ulmus, Prunus, Malus, Populus, Vitis, Cornus, Juglans, Sarothamnus, Betula, Castanea, Pyrus, Euonymus, Tilia, Acer, Crataegus)
Distribution:Europe, Russia, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Turkey, Iran

The mounted specimen A was captured in Pottenstein environs (Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany) in summer 1995. Bettle B is a very unusual form of C. arietis, which was collected by our friend Jakub Rolčík in Abant Lake (Abant Gölü) environs (Bolu Province, NE Turkey) in June 1996. The living beetles was reared from larvae collected in Křivoklátsko Protected Landscape Area (Central Bohemia, Czechia) during winter 2020-2021.

Collected by Udo Schmidt, Jakub Rolčík, Daniel Rydzi, and Miroslav Polcar

Vitali F.:
Atlas of the Insects of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg: Coleoptera, Cerambycidae.
Ferrantia, Musée national d’histoire naturelle, Luxembourg 79: 1-208 [pages 51-52], 2018. [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 [page 168-169], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Clytus arietis arietis
Clytus arietis arietis
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Clytus arietis arietis
Clytus arietis arietis
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusClytini Mulsant, 1839
GenusClytus Laicharting, 1784
SubgenusClytus Laicharting, 1784
SpeciesClytus (Clytus) arietis (Linnaeus, 1758)
SubspeciesClytus (Clytus) arietis arietis (Linnaeus, 1758)