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Mediterranean Flathead Woodborer; Gusano Cabezudo

Capnodis tenebrionis


Wood borer beetle in the family Buprestidae, up to 2.5 cm in size. It is very extended geographically and it is a pest species of stone fruit trees. In Spanish is called "gusano cabezudo" which means "big-headed worm" since the larvae have a very big prothorax. The larvae can reach 6 cm long, and live inside the roots of fruit-trees, feeding on the wood and sometimes killing the tree.


On a small shrub. Riverine forest.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV.;Focal Length: 900.0 mm. Flash fired

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arlanda 5 years ago

The larvae are much bigger, they can reach 6 cm long!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Wow that's a fat beetle for a wood borer!

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on Oct 6, 2014
Submitted on Dec 12, 2014

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