Ergates faber, larva

BIG BEETLES /  Ergates faber, male
Photo Information
Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-16
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Edited by: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Edited Image Upload Date: 2008-01-07 10:53:24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: 3.3, 1/125 seconds
Workshop Note
SICILIA - MT. Etna, 2006-08-05

Lenght: 100 mm.
The larvae feed only for a short time under the bark, then burrow into the sapwood and often into the heartwood. When fully grown the larvae excavate their pupal cells close to the surface of the sapwood if it is a barkless tree. If the bark is present, they penetrate the inner layer of the bark so that only a very thin layer separates them from the exterior, and prepare an excavation for the pupal cell here.
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