BWE: Oak paradise Part I

In middle Europe, some of the most important tree species for insects is surely the Oak Quercus spec. Thousands of different insect species are adapted to survive just with oaks.

For example look at this oak:

Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur)Can you see anything special? Not a lot – but look at the bottom: There is saw dust around the tree. Except of this, I couldn’t find anything special. But it was! This single tree hold some very special and scarce species of beetles that no other tree there hold. I will introduce them step by step.

One of the most obvious species was the Great Capricorn Beetle Cerambyx cerdo (Eichenheldbock). Ok, in the following row, it is one of the most common species, but it is a FFH-species. This means, it is an important species that helps to protect areas. It is one of our largest beetles with a length of up to 55 mm of length (without the antennae).

It develops in old oaks and occurs especially in the Rheinaue wetlands.

As it eats big holes in the oak wood, it was eradicated in the most parts of Germany. But there are few places left, where you still can encounter this amazing beetle.

BWE: Oak paradise Part I