Boring Beetle? – Turkey
Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 11:39 AM
We saw these flying rather loudly around willow trees near a stream north of Gaziantep, Turkey. They were quite active and a bit skittish but once I caught one it calmed down long enough for me to get a photo. It’s about an inch and a half long or a little more.
Many years ago we identified a very similar Buprestid, or Metallic Wood Boring Beetle from Italy. We believe it is the same species, Capnodis tenebrionis which goes by the common name Mediterranean Flathead Woodborer. The adults feed on the leaves of apricot trees, almond trees and other stone fruits. The larvae bore into the roots and cause great damage. We located a fine website with information and photos.
Ed. Note Correction: December 31, 2010
Two different readers have provided a correction for us, identifying this Borer as a different member in the same genus: Capnodis cariosa.