Saperda (genus)

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Saperda Fabricius, 1775

This genus of long-horned beetles contains around 50 species which are mainly found in Europe, northern Asia and North America. Several are considered to be pests of forest and fruit trees like poplar, linden, or apple. For example, the small poplar borer, Saperda populnea, bores into polar and willow branches in Europe and Asia.

The adults are typically 10-30 mm long with elongated elytra. The antennae have 11 segments and are about as long as the body. Many species have a series of spots on the elytra.

Type species: Saperda scalaris

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: