Hoplocerambyx spinicornis (Newman, 1842)
[= Hammaticherus spinicornis Newman, 1842]

Hoplocerambyx spinicornis
[Photo © Udo Schmidt]

Hoplocerambyx spinicornis, an interesting representative of the Oriental entomofauna reaching on the western edge of its occurrence the area of our interest (Afghanistan), has been described from Manila environs (Philippines) as Hammaticherus spinicornis by Edward Newman in 1842 [✧]. H. spinicornis larvae develop in a wide range of broadleaf trees, both in weakened or dying trees and in relatively healthy ones. It is considered a significant pest in some areas of its occurrence.

Body length:27 - 62 mm
Life cycle:1 (2) years
Adults in:April - August
Host plant:polyphagous on broadleaf trees (e.g. Shorea, Duabanga, Hevea etc.) [❖]
Distribution:Afghanistan, Oriental region (Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, Philippines)

The depicted mounted beetle (55 mm) was collected in An Phu (Anfu) environs (Lục Yên district, Yên Bái province, Vietnam) on May 16, 1996.

Collected by Udo Schmidt

Newman E.:
Cerambycitum Insularum Manillarum Dom. Cuming captorum enumeratio digesta.
The Entomologist, London 15: 243-248, 1842. [download pdf icon]

Kumawat M.M., Mamocha Singh K. and Ramamurthy V.V.:
A checklist of the Long-horned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) of Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India with several new reports.
Journal of Threatened Taxa 7 (12): 7879-7901, 2015. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCerambycini Latreille, 1804
GenusHoplocerambyx J. Thomson, 1864
SpeciesHoplocerambyx spinicornis (Newman, 1842)