Trichoferus holosericeus (Rossi, 1790)
[= Trichoferus cinereus (Villers, 1789)❖]

Trichoferus holosericeus
[Photo © David Navrátil & 8K postprocessing M.Hoskovec]

Trichoferus holosericeus belongs with sister taxon Trichoferus griseus (Fabricius, 1792) among the most widespread and common Western Palearctic representatives of the Trichoferus genus, occurring throughout the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asia Minor and Transcaucasia. Larvae of this broadly polyphagous (Robinia, Juglans, Populus, Ficus, Quercus, Castanea, Fagus, Ulmus, Alnus, Betula, Pistacea, Prunus and Ostrya) species can feed and grow in barkless wood with a moisture content below to the fibre saturation point, so they can develop in wooden artefacts of various hardwood species, not necessary recent. Thanks to this, together with Hylotrupes bajulus, it belongs among the most significant Cerambycid technical pests of wood in the Mediterranean [✧]. Life cycle 2 and more years (especially in dry old wood material), adults are crepuscular and nocturnal like other Hesperophanini. For galleries in attacked wood see the dedicated page.

Body length:13 - 24 mm
Life cycle:2 and more years
Adults in:June - September
Host plant:broadly polyphagous in deciduous trees
Distribution:Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Corsica, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Israel, Turkey

The living beetles were beaten from Ficus carica in Gradac (Dalmatia, Croatia). The mounted specimens were captured in Vieste environs (500 m a.s.l., Gargano, Foggia province, Puglia, Italy) on July 1-10, 2015.

Collected by David Navrátil and M.Hoskovec

Vitali F.:
On the taxonomic position of Hesperophanes cinereus Blanchard in Gay, 1851 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae).
Zootaxa 4550 (3): 431-432, 2019. [download pdf icon]

Crivellaro A.:
Note su Trichoferus holosericeus (Rossi, 1790) (Coleoptera Cerambycidae), xilofago del legno secco.
Redia (Istituto Sperimentale per la Zoologia Agraria, Firenze) 88 (Serie 3): 109-113, 2005. [download pdf icon]

Trichoferus holosericeus
Trichoferus holosericeus
[Photo © M.Hoskovec]

SubfamiliaCerambycinae Latreille, 1802
TribusHesperophanini Mulsant, 1839
GenusTrichoferus Wollaston, 1854
SpeciesTrichoferus holosericeus (Rossi, 1790)