Hortobágy National Park Directorate
Management - News 2015-03-09

The great capricorn beetle

 

The great capricorn beetle (Cerambix cerdo) is a protected species in Hungary, its inherent ecological value is 50,000 HUF. On the Great Plain, it is usually linked to old pedunculate oak trees that stand alone on pastures or in mesic hardwood forests. This beetle lives in those tree specimens that are still alive despite the damage done to them.  It feeds on the sap of oak trees which are exposed to strong sunshine. They are mostly active at dusk and during the night.

The larvae are about 10 cm (4 inches) long and pupate in their 3rd or 4th year. Even though the larvae turn to adult beetles  in autumn, they stay inside the tree until May.

These young adults were found by lumbermen. They called the local ranger of the national park who carried them to safety. 

 

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