Lamia textor · gluosninis niūrūnas

EN · weaver beetle DE · Weberbock, Schwarzer Weberbock LT · gluosninis niūrūnas, gluosninis kelmagraužis LV · melnais vītolgrauzis PL · zgrzypik twardokrywka

Lamia textor occurs throughout Europe, except in the far north, and east through Kazakhstan and Siberia to China, Korea and Japan. The typical habitat is damp or wet woodland either close to water or prone to seasonal flooding where the species develops on a range of deciduous trees, mostly various species of willow or poplar but occasionally birch and others. Adults feed on the leaves and bark of both healthy and damaged trees, unusually for Cerambycids they are not known to fly and dispersal is thought to be by seasonal flooding or rivers. Females oviposit in late spring and summer, the eggs being laid near to the ground in the bark of healthy trunks and branches. The newly hatched larvae feed for a while within the bark before boring into the xylem where they will spend between 2 and 3 years developing. Pupation occurs in the spring in a cell excavated in a trunk, small branch or root at or close to ground level. The entire life cycle takes between 2 and 4 years.