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Agrilus biguttatus (Fabricius, 1776)

Synonym
  • Agrilus morosus Gory & Laporte, 1837
  • Agrilus pannonicus (Piller & Mitterpacher, 1783)
  • Agrilus subfasciatus LeConte, 1860
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Western Palaearctic species and the largest Palaearctic species of the genus Agrilus preferring light oak forests up to 700 m. Eggs are deposited in small clusters into the crevices of oak bark. First instar larvae bore their tunnels through the bark to the phloem and continue in a long, usually horizontal tunnels under the bark (partly in the sapwood); tunnels can be 60 – 80 cm long. Pupal chambers are situated in the thick bark as a prolongation of the tunnels. Pupation occurs in April and May, adults emerge in May – August with the maximum in June. The larval development lasts two years under the climatic conditions of Central Europe. The infestation of some trees are sometimes very intensive and even hughe and relatively healthy oaks could be killed within a few years. Host plants: Castanea sativa, Fagus sylvatica, Quercus ceris, Q. ilex, Q. petraea, Q. pubescens, Q. suber (Bílý, 2002).
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