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02.07.2021
Ochina ptinoides (Marsh., 1802)
Ochina ptinoides
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The 2.5 to 3.8 mm large Ivy boring beetle Ochina ptinoides (family Anobiidae) is the more common representative of the two species of the genus in Germany. In Europe, the genus comprises five species in total. Ochina ptinoides is known to occur from North Africa over Spain and Central Europe (including the British Isles) to Greece and Russia. The stenotopic, thermophilous species can be found in parks, gardens, vineyards and at the edges of forests on ivy (Hedera helix). The larvae develop in dry or semi-dry old ivy branches of a few centimeters of diameter. The beetles are diurnal and swarm in the evening hours. They are attracted to light. Whereas not rare in regions with favorable warm climate, the species becomes rarer towards the East and is regarded as vulnerable (RL 3) in Germany. (CB)


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