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Stenurella melanura

Stenurella melanura

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Cucujiformia
Cladus: Phytophaga
Superfamilia: Chrysomeloidea

Familia: Cerambycidae
Subfamilia: Lepturinae
Tribus: Lepturini
Genus: Stenurella
Species: Stenurella melanura

Stenurella melanura (Linnaeus, 1758)

Leptura melanura Linnaeus, 1758

Primary references

Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturæ, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis, Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Holmiæ: impensis direct. Laurentii Salvii. i–ii, 1–824 pp DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.542: 397. Reference page.


Stenurella melanura Taxon details on Fauna Europaea
Tribe Lepturini: Stenurella melanura (Linné, 1758) - scanography by Oleg Berlov
ZooBank: 52B8B1DE-7D89-4186-B9BC-5E5450E6322E

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Kleiner Schmalbock
magyar: Feketevégű karcsúcincér
lietuvių: Dviveidė leptura
Nederlands: Zwartstreepsmalbok
polski: Strangalia czarniawa
svenska: Ängsblombock
українська: Стенурелла меланіст

Stenurella melanura is a flower longhorn beetle species of the family Cerambycidae, subfamily Lepturinae.

Subspecies and varietas

Subspecies and varietas include:[1]

Stenurella melanura melanura (Linnaeus, 1758)
Stenurella melanura pamphiliae Rapuzzi & Sama, 2009 inq.
Stenurella melanura samai Rapuzzi, 1995 inq.
Stenurella melanura var. georgiana (Pic, 1891)
Stenurella melanura var. latesuturata (Pic, 1891)
Stenurella melanura var. melanurella (Reitter, 1901)
Stenurella melanura var. rubellata (Reitter, 1901)


This beetle is widespread in most of Europe, in the eastern Palearctic realm, in the Oriental realm, and in the Near East.[2][3]

It is present in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.[4]


These beetles inhabit sunny forest edges, mixed coniferous forests, spruce pine forests and alpine and mountain pastures.


Stenurella melanura can reach a length of 6–10 millimetres (0.24–0.39 in).[3] This beetle has a very narrow and rather long body. The antennae are about as long as the body. The head, pronotum and abdomen are black. The elytra are yellow-brown in males, with a black colored tip. In the females the elytra are reddish. The elytral suture is often black-colored, especially in the females, while the slender males have a darker tip and the black drawing is somewhat less pronounced.

Both females and males can mate several times, and the males often remain on the female to prevent her from interacting with other males. Larvae develop in rotten wood of deciduous and coniferous trees, especially Castanea sativa.[3] Adults can be encountered from May through September,[3] completing their life cycle in two years.[3] They are very common flower-visitors, especially Apiaceae species, feeding on pollen and the nectar.

Fauna europaea
Hoskovec M., Rejzek M.: Longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae) of the West Palearctic region
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