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Jun 7, 2014 3:28 PM

What species is this large beetle with long antennae from Spain?

Seen on edge of woodland near Javea midway between Alicante and Valencia near Mediterranean coast.  Body about 5 to 7 cm in length and antennae each about same length from base to tip.

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  • It´s a longhorn beetle called Ergates faber (a male).  It's a very nice beetle but unfortunately it looks like this one has been run over by something...

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      • I couldn't find any site, but here's a little bit info from a book about Nordic longhorn beetles:

        Ergates faber is a member to the family Cerambycidae, or the longhorn beetles, and it is the only species in the genus Ergates that occurs in Europe. Adults can reach a length of 60 mm and it's the largest longhorn beetle in central and northern Europe.

        The white larvaes becomes 70-80 mm long and excavate tunnels deep in old trunks and stems, mostly pine, where they live for about 3-4 years before they becomes pupae. Adults hatch in July or August and only live for about 2 weeks!. The beetles are night active so they arrive during the dusk or night to mate and lay eggs.

        Hope that helps!

         

        Samuel

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