Capnodis cariosa (Pallas, 1776) found in a new Romanian location at the northern limit of its distribution range (Coleoptera: Buprestidae)




Capnodis cariosa, Danube Defile, new population, Romania, Citizen Science


Here we report a new population of Capnodis cariosa from the South-Western Romania, at the border with the Republic of Serbia (Danube’s Defile). The presence of this species was reported in the past from Southern Dobroudja (South-Eastern Romania, near the Bulgarian border), this being its only, yet nowadays probably extinct, local Romanian population. In our citizen science-based investigations, which started in the spring of 2020, we found 16 specimens in the area of the Iron Gates Natural Park, between Dubova and Svinița (Danube’s Defile, Mehedinți County). This location represents the northernmost one for this species in Europe and the only verified present-day location for this species in Romania. Some considerations about biology, ecology and distribution of Capnodis cariosa are also provided. Two updated distribution maps of this species in Romania, in the Danube’s Defile and in the whole Mediterranean areas, are also presented.


Download data is not yet available.


Bílý, S. 2002. Summary of the bionomy of the Buprestid beetles of Central Europe (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, Suppl. 10: 1–104.
Ieniștea, M.-A. 1975. Coleoptera. In M. Ionescu (Ed.), Grupul de cercetări complexe “Porțile de Fier”, Fauna (pp. 193–214). București: Academia R.S.R.
Karadag, S., Mart, C., & Can, C. 2006. Species belonging to the family Buprestidae in pistachio orchards and some biological properties of Capnodis cariosa (Haus.). Acta Horticulturae, 726: 545–549.
Löbl, I., & Löbl, D. 2016. Scarabaeoidea – Scirtoidea – Dascilloidea – Buprestoidea – Byrrhoidea. In I. Löbl & D. Löbl (Eds.), Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera (Vol. 3, pp. 1–984). Leiden / Boston: Brill.
Negru, Ștefan, & Roșca, A. 1967. L’entomofaune des forȇts du Sud de la Dobrudja. Ord. Coleoptera. Travaux Du Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle Grigore Antipa, 5: 119–147.
Panin, S., Săvulescu, N., & Ruicănescu, A. 2015. Insecta: Coleoptera-Buprestidae. In Fauna României, 10(7): 1–388. Bucharest: Editura Academiei Române.
Ruicănescu, A. 1992. Coleoptere rare şi noi pentru fauna României din zona „ Porţile de Fier ”. Buletin de Informare Societatea Lepidopterologică Română, 3(1): 22–29.
Ruicănescu, A. 2013. The Jewel Beetles of Romania (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Series Faunistica, 108: 1-203. Sofia-Moskow: Pensoft Publishers.
Ruicănescu, A., & Stoica, A. 2019. The distribution and behaviour studies on a new invasive Buprestid species (Lamprodila (Palmar) festiva festiva (Linnaeus, 1767), (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in Romania. Travaux Du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa,” 62(1): 43–56.
Scobiola-Palade, X., & Popescu-Gorj, A. 1967. L’entomofaune des forêts du sud de la Dobrudja. Travaux Du Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa,” 7: 181–212.
Serafim, R., & Ruicănescu, A. 1995. Lista speciilor de Buprestoidea (Coleoptera) din colecţia Nicolae Săvulescu de la Muzeul de Istorie Naturală “ Grigore Antipa ” din Bucureşti. Bul.Inf. Soc.Lepid.Rom., 6: 123–142. Retrieved from
Vlad-Antonie, I., & Ruicănescu, A. 1996. The Buprestoidea stored in the Coleoptera collections from the Natural History Museum of Sibiu (Coleoptera: Buprestoidea). Bul.Inf. Soc.Lepid.Rom., 7(3–4): 223–253.
Volkovitsh, M. G. (2018). Buprestidae, in: A. C. Zamotailov, Y. B. Lokhman, & V. B. I. (Eds.), Red Data Book of Krasnodar Territory. Animals (3, pp. 253–258). Krasnodar: Kuban State University.




How to Cite

Ruicanescu, A., Dumbravă, A.-R. ., & Drăghici, A.-C. (2022). Capnodis cariosa (Pallas, 1776) found in a new Romanian location at the northern limit of its distribution range (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Fragmenta Entomologica, 54(1), 155–158.



Short Scientific Notes