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08.05.2015
Opilo mollis (L., 1758)
Opilo mollis
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The 9 to 13 mm large checkered beetle Opilo mollis (family Cleridae) is the most common species of the genus in Germany. It can be distinguished from its very similar sister species O. domesticus by the shape of the pronotum and the puncture of the elytra. Our third species, O. pallidus lives acrodendric on old oaks and is rarely recorded. The genus Opilo is of palearctic and oriental origin, but many representatives are cosmopolitan today through transport, among them O. mollis. From the Palearctic, 27 species have been described. The eurytopic species lives in forests, at the edges of forests, in parks and gardens on old coniferous and deciduous wood. Both beetles and larvae are predaceous and feed woodboring insects. In Germany, O. mollis is recorded from almost all Federal States and is not regarded as endangered. (CB)


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