Xylotrechus (genus)

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Xylotrechus arvicola (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Olaf Meister
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Xylotrechus Chevrolat, 1860

This genus contains several hundred species of medium-sized, wood-boring beetles. They are common in North America, Europe and Asia. Most species only breed in dead or dying trees, but several attack living trees or other crops and are considered pests.

Apart from trunks and branches, the roots may be attacked or only the bark. Serious infestations can lead to death of the tree. Xylotrechus quadripes is a pest of coffee in Asia and Africa.

The adults are typically 10-20 mm long. The antennae are comparatively short and there are V-shaped ridges on the front part of the head.


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