Lamprodila festiva (Linnaeus, 1767)
cypress borer, cypress jewel beetle
on Thuja, etc.
larva © Tamás Németh, Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest (from Ruicănescu & Stoica)
Larvae make sinuous, flat galleries below the bark of healthy trees, often causing their death. Exit opening oval, 2-4mm.
The development takes two, sometimes three, years. Pupation in the spring, in the sapwood or in thick bark.
distribution within Europe
Ovalisia, Poecilonota, festiva.
Originally mediterranean, expanding species, problematic for ornamental conifers.
Bunescu & Florian (2019a), Colijn, Heijerman & Teunissen (201a), Panin, Săvulecu & Ruicănescu (2015a), Ruicănescu & Stoica (2019a), Schmidt, Diószegi, Szabó & Hrotkó (2014a), Verdugo Páez (2002a), Zabransky (1991a).