Cerambyx cerdo

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Cerambyx cerdo
Cerambyx cerdo (couple).jpg
Male (left) and Female (right)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cerambycidae
Genus: Cerambyx
Species: C. cerdo
Binomial name
Cerambyx cerdo
Linnaeus, 1758
Synonyms
  • Cerambyx acuminatus
  • Hammaticherus pfisteri

The Cerambyx cerdo, commonly known as great capricorn beetle, is a species of beetle in family Cerambycidae. It is widespread in Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.[1]

Description[edit]

This large and beautiful beetle measures between 41 and 55 mm in body length and is among the largest of the European beetle species. It has an elongated, robust body and, like all members of the longhorn family, it has long antennae. In males, these thread-like antennae are longer than the body, but in females they are only as long as the hard wing cases (the elytra). The legs and body are black, except for the elytra which are reddish-brown towards the tips.[2]

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