Phymatodes (Phymatoderus) glabratus (Charpentier, 1825)
[= Reitteroderus glabratus (Charpentier, 1825)]

Phymatodes glabratus
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

Phymatodes glabratus, a relatively rare species distributed in Europe (except North), North Africa and Caucasus, has been described from Hungary as Callidium glabratum by Toussaint Charpentier in 1825 [✧]. P. glabratus is in Central Europe ecologically associated with former and current pastures with natural juniper growth on which Juniperus rejuvenates. The female lays eggs in dying or dead branches and trunks of junipers. Development of larvae under the bark, puptrion in hook-shaped pupal cell in wood. Overwinters exclusively in the larval stage. Adults can be found on the host trees from April to June [❖].

After many decades when this interesting species was considered extinct, its occurrence in Bohemia was again proven in 2019 [▽].

Body length:5 - 9 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:March - June
Host plant:juniper (Juniperus), rarely in Cupressus or Pinus
Distribution:Europe except North, Algeria, NW Caucasus

The depicted beetles were reared from larvae collected in a dead juniper (Juniperus communis) branches found in: (DR) - Hubina village environs (Piešťany district, Trnava region, Slovakia) in March 2022; (TN) - Hungary in winter 2016.

Collected by Daniel Rydzi and Tamás Németh

Charpentier T.:
Horae Entomologicae adjectis tabulis novem coloratis.
Gosohorsky, Wratislawiae : i-xvi + 255pp, 1825. [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 149-150], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Skořepa L.:
Phymatodes (Phymatoderus) glabratus (Charpentier, 1825; Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) v Čechách.
[ Phymatodes (Phymatoderus) glabratus (Charpentier, 1825; Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) in the Bohemia. ]
Sborník Jihočeského muzea v Českých Budějovicích, Přírodní vědy 59: 117, 2019. [download pdf icon]

Phymatodes glabratus
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Phymatodes glabratus
[Photo © Tamás Németh]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusCallidiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPhymatodes Mulsant, 1839
SubgenusPhymatoderus Reitter, 1913
SpeciesPhymatodes (Phymatoderus) glabratus (Charpentier, 1825)