Anthaxia quadripunctata Linnaeus, 1758
Common names: Metallic wood-boring beetle [En], Anthaxie à quatre points [Fr], Vierpunktiger Kiefernprachtkäfer [De]
Durbuy, LUXEMBOURG ● Belgium
Description: Anthaxia quadripunctata can reach a length of 4.5 and 8 millimetres. The basic color is black or dark brown with a copper shine. The elytra and pronotum are grainy. Pronotum is almost rectangular and usually shows a row of four small dimples (hence the Latin name quadripunctata, meaning with four points).
Biology: Adults fly from April to September feeding on pollen of several Asteraceae and prefer white and yellow flowers, where frequently many of them are mating. Larvae are polyphagous wood borers, living just under the bark of sick or dead coniferous trees. Main larval host plants are in genus Picea, Abies, Juniperus, Larix and Pinus.
Habitat: They live in mountain areas with coniferous trees, especially in the forest edges.
Distribution: This beetle is present in most of Europe, in the East Palearctic ecozone, the Caucasus, Asia Minor, the Near East and in North Africa.
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