Journal of Pest Science

, Volume 80, Issue 1, pp 59–61 | Cite as

First record of the wood boring weevil, Pentarthrum huttoni, in Austria (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)

  • Erhard HalmschlagerEmail author
  • Christof Ladner
  • Petr Zabransky
  • Axel Schopf
Short Communication


The wood boring weevil, Pentarthrum huttoni Wollaston, is reported for the first time from Austria. It was recorded from coffins in the crypt of St. Michael’s church in the centre of Vienna. Extensive tunnelling of the larvae and surface damage by the adults caused disintegration of the historically significant wooden 18th century coffins. Beetles were also detected in rotten cardboard on the loamy soil of the crypt. Infestation by this Cossonine weevil is promoted by the very damp conditions in the crypt, a consequence of the closure of ventilation funnels in the 1940s.


Pentarthrum huttoni Wood boring weevil Wooden coffins Austria 



The authors acknowledge the support of Dr. A. Rainer and Padre, Dr. P. van Meijl, parish of St. Michael, who initiated this study. We are also grateful to Dr. H. Schönmann, Natural History Museum Vienna, for making material available for study and to Professor T. Kowalski, Department of Forest Pathol. Kraków, and Dr. T. Kirisits, IFFF, BOKU Vienna, for the translation of the Polish and the Danish paper, respectively. Our special thanks are to L. Behne, DEI, Müncheberg, who kindly confirmed our identification and provided valuable comments on literature on this species and to Professor E. Christian, Inst. Zoology, BOKU Vienna, for his comments on the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erhard Halmschlager
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christof Ladner
    • 1
  • Petr Zabransky
    • 1
  • Axel Schopf
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection (IFFF), Department of Forest and Soil Sciences University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)ViennaAustria

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