Grape Wood Borer

Chlorophorus varius

''Chlorophorus varius'', the grape wood borer, is a species of beetle in the family Cerambycidae.
Chlorophorus varius (Müller, 1766) 11mm long, on Daucus carota flower Chlorophorus varius,France,Geotagged,Grape Wood Borer,Summer,cerambycidae

Appearance

''Chlorophorus varius'' can reach a body length of 8–14 millimetres . The body of these beetles is elongated and rather variable in coloration and markings . It is covered by a yellow-greenish pubescence, more rarely gray or whitish. The male has longer antennae than the female. The pronotum is barred by a black band, sometimes limited to three black spots. The pronotum and elytra have the same width. Elytra are matt, with a C-shaped black marking and two other transversal wasp-like black bands. Legs and antennae are dark brown. Larvae reach a length of about 15 mm.
Chlorophorus varius - Corfu  Chlorophorus varius,Geotagged,Greece,Summer,beetle,grape wood borer

Naming

Subspecies and varietas include:
⤷  ''Chlorophorus varius damascenus'' Chevrolat, 1854
⤷  ''Chlorophorus varius varius''
⤷  ''Chlorophorus varius varius'' var. ''incarnus'' Plavilstshikov

Distribution

This species is present in most of Europe , Caucasus, Transcaucasia, Turkey, North Iran and in the Near East .

Behavior

Adults can be found from May to September. They feed on pollen and nectar of various flowers, especially of Apiaceae. The life cycle lasts 2 - 3 years. Larvae are saproxylic, mainly developing in the wood and dead branches of deciduous trees and shrubs , sometimes of conifers. Pupation occurs in spring in the wood.

Habitat

These beetles mainly inhabit sunny meadows and woodland edges, at an elevation of 60–800 metres above sea level.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilyCerambycidae
GenusChlorophorus
SpeciesC. varius
Photographed in
France
Greece