Subject: Big black beetles on Kythera (Greek Island)
Location: Kythera, Greece
June 16, 2014 2:32 am
Saw this pair mating on the coast of the small Greek Island of Kythera. The female was 6-7cm long. Any idea what they are?
Signature: Mitch

Mating Rootborers

Mating Root Borers

Dear Mitch,
These are mating Root Borers in the subfamily Prioninae, and we believe they are most likely
Prionus besikanus based on images posted to BioLib and the Worldwide Cerambycidae Photo Gallery.  Another possibility is Prionus coriarius also found on the Worldwide Cerambycidae Photo Gallery.

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Location: Kythera, Greece

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