Molorchus (Caenoptera) minor (Linnaeus, 1767)

Molorchus minor
[Photo © Udo Schmidt]

Molorchus minor is a very common European species developing in coniferous trees. The adults frequently visit flowers.

Body length:6 - 16 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - August
Host plant:polyphagous in coniferous trees (Picea, Abies)
Distribution:Europe, Russia, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Turkey, Iran

The mounted male beetle was collected in Selbitz environs (Hof district, Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany) by Udo Schmidt in 2005. The depicted living beetles were photographed in Hungary (Tamás Németh) and in Pánkovka-Obory (Příbram district, Central Bohemia, Czechia) on May 19, 2020 (Daniel Rydzi).

Molorchus minor
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Molorchus minor
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusMolorchini Mulsant, 1863
GenusMolorchus Fabricius, 1793
SubgenusCaenoptera Thomson, 185
SpeciesMolorchus (Caenoptera) minor (Linnaeus, 1767)