Xylotrechus arvicola is a broadly distributed species (Europe, Caucasus, Transcaucasia, North Africa, Near East, and North Iran) and is quite common in Central Europe. It is broadly polyphagous in deciduous trees (Quercus, Carpinus, Fagus, Malus, Ulmus, Crataegus, Juglans, Populus, Tilia, Morus, Sorbus, Prunus, etc.). Larvae feed in dead wood of the hosts.
The living beetles in the first four pictures (and mounted beetle on the right) were reared from larvae collected in a relatively compact dead wood of trunks and thick branches of hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) near Niżbor village (Rejzek and Rebl, 1999), a locality situated in Central Bohemia (Czech Republic).
Collected by M.Hoskovec and M.Rejzek.
The beetle in this picture (and mounted beetle on the left) was beaten from common walnut (Juglans regia) in orchards near Perivoli village (SW of Corfu Island, Greece).
Collected by M.Hoskovec.
MH & MR © February, 2009