Prionid from Afghanistan

Subject: Afghan Beetle
Location: Eastern Afghanistan
August 18, 2016 1:20 am
Hello,
I am currently deployed in Afghanistan and found this beetle outside our sleep tent. Just wandering if you could identify it and maybe give a little information about it. I’m more curious than anything and would like to pass on any helpful information to my guys here. Thanks.
Signature: CPT P

Prionid:  Prionus vartianorum
Prionid: Prionus vartianorum

Dear CPT P,
This is one of the Root Borers in the subfamily Prioninae.  We located the Afghanistan page of Prioninae of the World and it contains three species.  We believe your individual is a female
 Prionus vartianorum based on images on Prioninae of the World.  No host plant is listed and the distribution is listed as solely Afghanistan, meaning the species may be endemic to Afghanistan.  Male Prionids are frequently attracted to lights, and females of some species are also attracted to lights.  Virtual Collections has images of a male specimen, and the country listed is also just Afghanistan.  We believe it can go without saying that you should stay clear of the mandibles.  A large Prionid can easily draw blood should it bite a human.  

Prionid:  Prionus vartianorum
Prionid: Prionus vartianorum

 

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