Pogonocherus (Pogonocherus) hispidus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: POGONOCHERINI
Pogonocherus hispidus
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]

Pogonocherus (Pogonocherus) hispidus, probably the most common European member of Pogonocherus genus, is a Western Palaearctic species, widespread from North Africa to Transcaucasia. Larvae, which are extremely polyphagous, develop in dead or dying twigs/thin stalks (6 - 20 mm) of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs (e.g. Castanea, Fagus, Quercus, Alnus, Corylus, Carpinus, Ulmus, Morus, Ficus, Juglans, Rosa, Crataegus, Malus, Sorbus, Prunus, Staphylea, Cornus, Hedera, Ilex, Euonymus, Frangula, Rhamnus, Viscum, Salix, Populus, Tilia, Nerium, Viburnum, Sambucus, Fraxinus). The larvae feed subcortically and create relatively wide flat galleries. If the twig/stem with a thin bark is heavily infested by larvae, the bark will weaken and it will start to peel off and fall off. Pupation in pupal cell created in pith wood during the summer, life-cycle one or two years. Adults emerge from late summer to autumn and overwinter in the pupal cells or leave host tree and overwinter in forest litter, under bark scales etc. Adults are active in Central Europe from late spring to late summer and can be beaten from host plants, in warmer regions their activity begins in early spring [✩][✧].

Body length:4 - 6 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:April - October
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees and shrubs
Distribution:Europe, Caucasus, Russia, Near East, North Africa

The depicted beetles were: (MZ/ML) - collected using litter reducer in Pavlíkovské vršky (Pavlíkov environs, Rakovník district, Central Bohemia, Czechia) in November 2021; (DR) - hatched from unidentified firewood in Králův Dvůr - Zahořany (Beroun district, Central Bohemia, Czechia) on April 1, 2013.

Collected by Miroslav Zýka and Daniel Rydzi

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 288-289], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

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 138-139], 2018. [download pdf icon]

Pogonocherus hispidus
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]
Pogonocherus hispidus
Pogonocherus hispidus
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]
Pogonocherus hispidus
Pogonocherus hispidus
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusPogonocherini Mulsant, 1839
GenusPogonocherus Dejean, 1821
SubgenusPogonocherus Dejean, 1821
SpeciesPogonocherus (Pogonocherus) hispidus (Linnaeus, 1758)