Arhopalus asperatus    





habitat
Coniferous belt of western North America to southern Mexico and Central America (Linsley 1962).

seasonality
Adult flight period is from July to October (Linsley 1962).

identification
Robust, color black to brownish, dull. Head closely and distinctly, but not coarsely, punctuated. Clypeus is large and conspicuous, gula with a beard of dense pale hairs. Femora not clavate, abdoment with sternites very finely, closely punctured and densely clothed in a fine pubescence. Antennae reaching apical 1/3 of elytra with outer segments abruptly abbreviated, last 4 segments at most as long as 2 preceding segments together; pronotum very distinctly wider than long; angulated at sides; posterior tarsi with third segment cleft to middle. Apex distinctly emarginated. Females are slightly more robust than males, antennae reaching basal of elytra; fifth abdominal sternite as long as broad, apex rounded, length 17-31mm, males, 17-29mm (Linsley 1962). Overall, A. asperatus is most defined by the sharply abbreviated last 4 antennal segments, distinct asperites on the pronotum, and angular shape of the pits on the pronotum (Linsley 1962).

life history
Very little is known about this species. Adudlts have been observed attacking severely scored gray pine within hours following fire (Wickman 1964).

conservation
No information available.

diet info
Host species are Abies magnifica, A. concolor, Pseudotsuga taxifolia, Picea sp (Linsley 1962).

range
This species is recorded from Ontario and Labrador in Canada (Bousquet 1991), and western New York, Indiana, Arizona and Alabama in the United States.

people
species page authorOstermann, K.2003 
species page editorShpeley, D.2004 

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=4547

 

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