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Capnodis tenebrionis

Carlos Mª Lozano Tomás
Head of the Integrated Pest Management Unit.
Department of Agriculture, Livestock and the Environment. Plant Health and Certification Centre. Government of Aragon

CAPNODIS TENEBRIONIS 
Carlos Mª Lozano Tomás
Head of the Integrated Pest Management Unit. Department of Agriculture, Livestock and the Environment. Plant Health and Certification Centre. Government of Aragon.

CAPNODIS TENEBRIONIS 
Carlos Mª Lozano Tomás
Head of the Integrated Pest Management Unit. Department of Agriculture, Livestock and the Environment. Plant Health and Certification Centre. Government of Aragon. Avda Montañana 930, 50059 - ZARAGOZA 


Capnodis tenebrionis L. is the scientific name of the beetle commonly known as the Mediterranean flatheaded peachborer, a pest that can cause significant problems in almond and stone fruit trees.

The most significant damage is produced by larvae, which burrow into the neck and roots of plants. Adult individuals only gnaw young shoots and make cuts in leaf petioles.

Adult beetles are matt black, with white powdery spots on their thorax. The larvae are white, with a hefty prothorax, and are strongly banded and legless. When they reach their maximum development they can measure up to 7 cm.

In winter, adults take refuge under weeds and stones or on the edges of plots. The larvae spend all of their two-year cycle in the roots and neck of the plant. As temperatures rise, adults move up to the crown to begin feeding. A few weeks later they start to lay eggs, while new adults emerge in staggered succession. The eggs are laid on the ground under the canopy.

Damage from this pest has gradually increased in recent years, particularly in almond trees. This increase may be caused by factors such as the reduction of active ingredients that can be applied to control the pest, frequent droughts, mass use of peach-almond hybrid rootstocks and an increase in abandoned plots or plots that have not been well maintained from a plant health point of view.

If almond crops are to remain viable in the short and medium term, this pest must be tackled by removing the factors that have encouraged it to spread.

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