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Acanthocinus aedilis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Eurosiberian species, distributed in Europe from the Iberian peninsula to the Caucasus [1]. The larva feeds on coniphers from the genera Pinus, Abies Picea, Larix and Cedrus. Eggs are delivered by the female under the bark of recently dead branches and trunks, often of stumps from felling, and pupal chambers are performed between the bark and the wood. In thick barks from stumps of Pinus silvestris, closed chambers inside the bark, not communicated with the surface of the wood, have been described [2]. Adults appear at late summer or early fall, spend the winter under the protection of the pupal chamber, and fly at noon from early spring. They are attracted by the smell of resin, but not by flowers or light. Mating takes place at night on branches and trunks where eggs will be delivered. Under favourable conditions, two generations may come to emerge per year.


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