Agapanthia (Epoptes) dahli (Richter, 1820)
ssp. dahli (Richter, 1820)
[= Agapanthia gyllenhali Ganglbauer, 1883]

Subfamilia: LAMIINAE  /  Tribus: AGAPANTHIINI
Agapanthia dahli dahli
Agapanthia dahli dahli ♂ [Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

Agapanthia dahli, widely distributed xerophilic European and Mediterranean species, has bes described from Hungary as Saperda Dahlii by C. F. W. Richter in 1821 [❖]. A. dahli is a typical xerophilous species inhabiting forest-steppes, steppes, uncultivated orchards and gardens, or ruderal areas. The larvae develop in the inner parts of the stems of the host herbs. Life cycle at least 1 year. Adults, active from late April to early August (depends on region), can be found on host plants [✮].

Body length:10 - 22 mm
Life cycle:1 year
Adults in:April - August
Host plant:polyphagous in herbaceous plants (Carduus, Onopordon, Cirsium, Heracleum, Daucus, Ferula etc.)
Distribution:Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, France, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkey

The depicted beetles were photographed in Valtice environs (Břeclav district, South Moravia, Czechia) on June 15, 2023.

Collected by Daniel Rydzi

Richter C.F.W.:
Supplementa faunae Insectorum Europaeae.
Schöne, Vratislaviae 2: 3 + 12pp, 1821.

Sláma M.E.F.:
Tesaříkovití – Cerambycidae České republiky a Slovenské republiky / Cerambycidae of the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Milan Sláma private printing, Krhanice, 383pp [pages 350-351], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Agapanthia dahli dahli
Agapanthia dahli dahli ♂ [Photo © Daniel Rydzi]
Agapanthia dahli dahli
Agapanthia dahli dahli ♀ [Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLamiinae Latreille, 1825
TribusAgapanthiini Mulsant, 1839
GenusAgapanthia Audinet-Serville, 1835
SubgenusEpoptes Gistl, 1857
SpeciesAgapanthia (Epoptes) dahli (Richter, 1820)
SubspeciesAgapanthia (Epoptes) dahli dahli (Richter, 1820)