Saperda (Lopezcolonia) perforata (Pallas, 1773)

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: SAPERDINI
Saperda perforata
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

Although this nice Saperda species used to be quite rare in Central Europe, it has now become more frequent. The species develops in various poplars (Populus). In Central Bohemia, however, it prefers aspen (Populus tremula). The larvae feed subcortically in trunks or branches of the dead hosts. They require a very moist substrate. Pupation occurs in sapwood. Interestingly, the colour of the adults is determined by the larval host. The integument of beetles that have developped in aspen (P. tremula) is regularly of a yellow-green or yellow-grey colour, whereas beetles that have developed in white poplar (P. alba) are usually grey (prototypical mimicry).

Body length:12 - 20 mm
Life cycle:1 - 2 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:poplars (Populus spp.)
Distribution:West-Palaearctic except SW Europe


The depicted beetles were reared from larvae and pupae collected in Lodrant near Pardubice (East Bohemia, Czechia), Mníšek pod Brdy (Central Bohemia, Czechia) and Pohansko (South Moravia, Czechia).

Collected by M.Hoskovec


Saperda perforata
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]
Saperda perforata
Saperda perforata
Saperda perforata
Saperda perforata
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]


 
SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusSaperdini Mulsant, 1839
GenusSaperda Fabricius, 1775
SubgenusLopezcolonia Alonso-Zarazaga, 1998
SpeciesSaperda (Lopezcolonia) perforata (Pallas, 1773)