Phymatodes testaceus

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Phymatodes testaceus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cerambycidae
Subfamily: Cerambycinae
Genus: Phymatodes
Species: P. testaceus
Binomial name
Phymatodes testaceus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Phymatodes testaceus (commonly known as the tanbark borer, or the violet tanbark beetle)[1] is a transpalearctic polymorphic species of beetle in the subfamily Cerambycinae in the longhorn beetle family.[2]

The P. testaceus imago is typically 6–16 mm in length. Their eggs are 1 mm long, and in athwart 0.5 mm. Larvae of the species are 10–18 mm long and 2.1 mm wide. Pupa are 9 mm long, and the abdomen is 2.8 mm wide.[3]

Distribution of these beetle extends from the European Atlantic coastline to the Southern Ural Mountains, from southern Sweden and Norway to North Africa and Syria.[3] It is also distributed throughout Japan and North America.[3]

Larvae develop in and under the bark of various deciduous tree species, causing damage. Larvae pupate in the spring. The beetle's life cycle lasts one year in central and southern parts, and two years in northern climes.[4]


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  2. ^ Костин И. А. Жуки-дендрофаги Казахстана (Короеды, дровосеки, златки). — Алма-Ата: «Наука», 1973. — С. 242—243. — 287 с. — 1400 экз.
  3. ^ a b c Черепанов А. И. Усачи Северной Азии (Cerambycinae) / Виолович Н. А.. — Новосибирск: «Наука», 1981. — Т. II. — С. 175—179. — 215 с. — 1000 экз
  4. ^ Экологический центр «Экосистема»