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15.04.2022
Anthribus albinus (L., 1758)
Anthribus albinus
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Anthribus albinus A
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Anthribus albinus B
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Anthribus albinus C
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The 6 to 12 mm large fungus weevil Anthribus albinus (family Anthribidae) is the only representative of the genus in Germany. The stenotopic, silvicolous species occurs from North Africa over Europe and Asia Minor to Siberia. The beetles can be found in deciduous forests on old branches and trunks of deciduous trees infested with fungi, especially beech (Fagus), but also alder (Alnus), occasionally hazel (Corylus), birch (Betula), oak (Quercus), elm (Ulmus), lime (Tilia), willow (Salix), rowan (Sorbus) and hawthorn (Crataegus), additionally in stumps and on cord wood. Beetles and larvae feed on fungi. The larvae gnaw galleries in the dead wood, in which they also pupate. With its distinctive coloration, A. albinus camouflages itself as bird dropping. In Germany, the species is present in all Federal States and is common. (CB)


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