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Mediterranean flatheaded rootborer This Mediterranean rootborer catched my eye when flying by because of it&#039;s sheer size of about 5cm.<br />
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It seems to be a pest. I found this on internet:<br />
Damage of Capnodis tenebrionis<br />
Both adult beetles and larvae damage plants. Adults feed on twigs and young branches mainly causing problems in tree nurseries and young plants. The greatest damage is caused by the larvae. Immediately after hatching they penetrate into the roots of the trees and feed on the cortex. They form long sinuous galleries full of sawdust. Young trees die as a result of this damage. A few larvae can also cause thedeath of an adult tree in 1 or 2 years.<br />
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Mediterranean flatheaded rootborer (Capnodis Tenebrionis) Capnodis tenebrionis,Mediterranean flatheaded rootborer,Turkey (country) Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies intro

Mediterranean flatheaded rootborer

This Mediterranean rootborer catched my eye when flying by because of it's sheer size of about 5cm.

It seems to be a pest. I found this on internet:
Damage of Capnodis tenebrionis
Both adult beetles and larvae damage plants. Adults feed on twigs and young branches mainly causing problems in tree nurseries and young plants. The greatest damage is caused by the larvae. Immediately after hatching they penetrate into the roots of the trees and feed on the cortex. They form long sinuous galleries full of sawdust. Young trees die as a result of this damage. A few larvae can also cause thedeath of an adult tree in 1 or 2 years.

Mediterranean flatheaded rootborer (Capnodis Tenebrionis)

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  1. Another photo of this beetle:
    Mediterranean flatheaded rootborer This Mediterranean rootborer catched my eye when flying by because of it's sheer size of about 5cm.<br />
<br />
It seems to be a pest. I found this on internet:<br />
Damage of Capnodis tenebrionis<br />
Both adult beetles and larvae damage plants. Adults feed on twigs and young branches mainly causing problems in tree nurseries and young plants. The greatest damage is caused by the larvae. Immediately after hatching they penetrate into the roots of the trees and feed on the cortex. They form long sinuous galleries full of sawdust. Young trees die as a result of this damage. A few larvae can also cause thedeath of an adult tree in 1 or 2 years.<br />
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Mediterranean flatheaded rootborer (Capnodis Tenebrionis) Capnodis tenebrionis,Mediterranean flatheaded rootborer
    Posted 8 years ago
  2. Beautiful species intro, and an educational post. Love it, promoted! Posted 8 years ago
  3. Wow 5 cm, I thought it was a very small insect before I read your description. Posted 8 years ago

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The Mediterranean flatheaded rootborer is a large Metallic Woodborer in the Capnodis genus. It is generally considered a patch due to their larvae nesting in an consuming the cortex of mostly young trees.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Joost Thissen

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Uploaded Nov 20, 2013. Captured Aug 8, 2010 16:09.
  • Canon PowerShot G7
  • f/4.0
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  • 29.167mm