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Coniocleonus nigrosuturatus

Coniocleonus nigrosuturatus
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-01-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-01-07 1:32
Viewed: 1070
Points: 2
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Coniocleonus nigrosuturatus
Coleoptera: Curculionidae
Sbfamily Cleoninae

Coniocleonus nigrosuturatus is a xerothermic stenotopic species inhabiting sandy habitats, heathlands, dry
grasslands and pastures. The species’ range includes North Africa, a large part of Asia to western Siberia and most of Europe except the northern part and British Isles. This adult was noticed on Amnissos hill Heraklion Crete near seaside.

Main host plants are that of genus Carduus, Cirsium , Onopurdum and Erodium cicutarium. Overwintering beetles emerge in early spring (March), feed and mate on the host plants. The highest activity of adults was observed from mid-April to mid-May. Larvae live in the soil in a vertical tunnel near the host plant and feed externally on the base of the stem. Usually, a single larva was observed at an attacked plant, however, sometimes up to 3 larvae were found. At the beginning of July, the larvae pupate in a closed earthen cell.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-01-07 4:30]

Hi Nikos,a very curious species not often seen on TN and it's the first time for me. An excellent capture from above very sharp,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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