Leptura (Leptura) aethiops Poda von Neuhaus, 1761
[= Strangalia aethiops (Poda von Neuhaus, 1761)]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI

Leptura aethiops
[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov, click on the picture for 4K resolution]

Leptura (Leptura) aethiops is a relatively common species of deciduous and mixed forests which area of distribution covers almost the entire temperate forest zone of the Palearctic from Atlantic to Pacific Ocean coasts. The larvae develop in the decaying, often by fungi infested stumps or fallen trunks of deciduous trees, sometimes on conifers. Pupation in wood in spring and early summer, life cycle 2 years. Adults, active from May to August, are diurnal and anthophilous (Rosaceae, Apiaceae, Asteraceae) [✧][❖].

Body length:♂♂ 10 - 16 mm / ♀♀ 11 - 17 mm
Life cycle:2 years
Adults in:May - August
Host plant: polyphagous in deciduous trees (Alnus, Betula, Salix, Tilia, Carpinus, Populus, Quercus, etc.), rarely in conifers (Pinus)
Distribution:temperate forest zone of the Palearctica

The depicted male beetle was collected in confluence of Kamenystyi (Каменистый) creek and Listvennichnaya (Лиственничная) river (N43°34′48″ E131°21′22″; Borisovskoye Plateau, South of Primorsky krai, Far Eastern Federal District, Russia) on May 30, 2019.

Collected by Kirill V. Makarov

Danilevsky M.L.:
Longicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycoidea) of Russia and adjacent countries. Part 1.
Higher School Consulting, Moscow, 550pp [pages 328-330], 2014.
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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 259-260], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusLepturini Latreille, 1804
GenusLeptura Linnaeus, 1758
SubgenusLeptura Linnaeus, 1758
SpeciesLeptura (Leptura) aethiops Poda von Neuhaus, 1761